Planning For A Retreat – Santosha and Letting Go March 2 – 4 2018

    I have been holding Santosha (contentment) retreats for four years. This year is my fifth. Each of the topics is designed to investigate and address something that harms our contentment; preventing us of enjoying peace. This year I am presenting aspect of letting go. What is so difficult about letting go? Why do we hold on and what is it, about ANY issue or choice, are we really holding on to? Holding on is uncomfortable and letting go opens us to something we… can’t imagine- this change possibly feeling even more uncomfortable. Leaving a job, getting a new job, graduating or starting school, leaving home, starting a new family, going into or out of a relationship- all of these changes require a letting go. We have preferences, we have hopes, and we may also struggle with control. Ultimately, however we need to let go and turn over outcomes to our… Continue reading

    Addiction Blows Your Circuits – Kyczy Hawk

    Active addiction blew my mind. It blew out my nervous system in much the same way as it disconnected me from others, my spirit, and my core. This is a true fact. Whether you have been addicted to a substance or a behavior addiction hijacks your nervous system and can bring real harm to how you process information and feelings. It did for me. Without getting too geeky on the biology and neurology of addiction just know that addictive behavior (gambling, using tobacco, dependent relationships) all trigger the same brain sequence that healthy pleasure does. We enjoy food, rest, contact with others, play and creative activities. This is proper and, in fact, critical to maintaining the species! The trouble comes when we focus on one or another of these sensations and it grows out of proportion to the balance that is healthy for us. We may learn to use a… Continue reading

    Yoga & Recovery – Podcast with Kyczy Hawk

    Kyczy Hawk RYT E-500 is a yoga instructor and author. She teaches in treatment centers as well as yoga studios in her hometown of San Jose, CA. Her volunteer time includes teaching yoga in Elmwood Women’s Jail and The Recovery Cafe San Jose. She has been a space holder for the internationally known Y12SR (Yoga of Twelve Step Recovery) for over six years. Kyczy has published several books including “Yoga and the Twelve Step Path” 2012 and “Life in Bite Sized Morsels” 2015. Her book “Yogic Tools for Recovery; A Guide To Working The Steps” which was launched November 14, 2017. Kyczy has developed a series of yoga sequences for Studio Live TV that incorporate recovery principles in all-levels yoga classes. The link for them can be found on her website Recovery has allowed her to heal and enhance her relationships with her kids, her family and her grand-family.… Continue reading

    Like The Song – The Steps Are a Dance – Kyczy Hawk

      I was on vacation with my family last week. We went to Texas – where it is all country music all the time. I LOVE country music – it is a secret vice of mine. Cruising in a van that could accommodate the seven of us – we were singing to the radio heading to see the Alamo. (Recovery is so great – repairs relationships and allows me to have experiences like this.) We were singing along to “Life’s A Dance” with the refrain…. “Life’s a dance you learn as you go Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow Don’t worry about what you don’t know Life’s a dance you learn as you go” (which I always heard as “you learn as you grow” which fits my understanding just fine.) Singing at the top of our lungs as we all know the words, it was a really fun moment of… Continue reading

    Getting Old Together- in Recovery And On The (yoga) Mat

    We can enter recovery early or late in life. We can start yoga when we are young or old. We can also combine the two early or late, in recovery or in age. The very important part of long term recovery and of long term asana (pose) yoga practice are similar- pay attention and adapt. I am not complacent in my recovery. I am at a stage where my years in recovery are half of the years I have been alive. This means that the fundamentals of my recovery program, the basics of what I do to maintain my balance: mentally and spiritually, are seldom an effort. I have practiced the principles for some time. Life can become difficult, but that is the exception rather than the rule. Initially my life was full on chaos. Now, not so much. I don’t forget that disaster is just a drink, pill or… Continue reading