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Prior to COVID, Recoveryoga was a regular part of the offerings at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) in Jamestown’s Gateway Center, 31 Water Street, Door #14.
Again under the leadership of Jen Raines, Recoveryoga is returning on Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m., beginning November 8.
Focusing on exploring recovery in mind, body, and soul, the class is open to those who can come regularly as well as those who cannot. It is geared towards people recovering from substance use disorder but anyone is welcome, as are those new to yoga or with any level of experience and any length of recovery.
Raines has been practicing yoga for two decades. A yoga teacher since 2011, she took advanced yoga teacher training in Rochester and wrote her thesis on yoga for addiction. Raines notes that while yoga means union or to bring together, substance use disorder is “the great separator.” She volunteers to lead these classes to offer support for people who suffer from drug or alcohol use disorder. “It is my life’s work to bring yoga to the recovery community and to people who don’t have easy access to classes.”
Recoveryoga classes are in MHA’s sensory room that was originally prepared by students of Jamestown Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Mats, bolsters, blocks, and straps are provided for participants.
COVID protocols will be observed. Masks are required and sanitation of all equipment will take place before and after the class.
Like all MHA services, Recoveryoga classes are free of charge.
With programs in both Jamestown and Dunkirk, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County is a peer recovery center offering support groups and individual coaching for people looking to improve their lives, deepen wellness, thrive in recovery, or support those on a recovery path. Peers use their personal stories to help people find recovery in their own lives in their own way.