Story last updated at 9/4/2013 - 6:42 pm
Ancient techniques will be used to address modern problems in a weekend yoga workshop offered in mid-September. Mukta Kaur Khlasa, Ph.D., director of a program called SuperHealth, will teach yoga, meditation, and other techniques to counter all types of addictions.
Yoga teacher Grace Elliott is the local sponsor of the workshop. She said that her motivation in bringing Khlasa to Juneau was to offer accessible tools to help people break addictive behaviors.
"And that can be anything from negative habits of mind to too much coffee to drug and alcohol addiction," she said. "It's really open to anyone who wants to figure out how to retrain themselves so they are creating supportive habits."
The SuperHealth system incorporates yoga, breath work, meditation, and dietary considerations, and can be used to address problems with alcohol, drugs, smoking, food issues, co-dependency, gambling, work, computers and other negative habits.
The weekend will kick off with a free introductory class on from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at Pavitt Health and Fitness. The class is open to the public and will introduce Kundalini yoga, breath work, and dietary considerations.
"The idea is to come have the experience, check it out, and see if this works for you," Elliott said.
Joe Parrish, general manager of Pavitt Health and Fitness, is very enthusiastic about hosting the evening introductory class.
"This is in the true spirit of the type of healthy lifestyle philosophy that we encourage at Pavitt Health and Fitness," he said.
The full weekend training will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Vocational Training & Resource Center (VTRC), located at 3239 Hospital Drive. The weekend will include an in-depth program of yoga, meditation, breath patterns, and discussion of beneficial foods. A vegetarian lunch will be served, sponsored by the Kundalini yoga community of Juneau.
The workshop will be helpful for individuals working on changes in their own lives, as well as social workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals. The program awards continuing education credits for addiction professionals and counselors.
Tuition for the weekend workshop is $295, and scholarships are available.
Elliott said she plans to host a 12-week follow-up class - tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evenings at Rainforest Yoga - to help people continue to practice what they've learned.
As with many things, "You learn something, you create a base, and then you need to support that," she said.
For more information, including payment and scholarship questions, contact Grace Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-209-1609. More information about the SuperHealth program is available through http://super-health.net.