Substance abuse is costly and has far reaching consequences. It’s a growing problem and those who are working through recovery are at much higher risk of developing physical and mental health problems.

For those dealing with the challenges of recovery, Yoga 4 Change represents an opportunity to build self-confidence and trust. Our programming gives those in recovery the tools to master their breathing, calm mind and body, and shift focus away from the shadow of substance abuse.

Each year, our professional instructors teach yoga to more than 1,900 people recovering in shelters, public housing communities, and treatment centers. Yoga provides the foundation for conflict management, better sleep, and the physical and emotional well-being that enables those in recovery to make positive choices.

For those in recovery, program benefits include:

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Increased feelings of self-esteem

  • Lower blood sugar

  • Increased peaceful feelings

  • Improved sleep

  • Decreased pain
 
 
Yoga makes me feel relieved. It helps me get through the shit of everyday life. I get a break when I do Warrior One.
— Resident, Hastings Comprehensive Mental Health Facility
 

Risk Factors

270,000 people living in the shadow of substance abuse in northeast Florida

  • Abuse of substances costs more than $700 billion annually

  • 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the influence of drugs

  • At least 40% of people living homeless are substance abusers

  • More than 75% of domestic violence victims report that their assailant had been drinking or using illicit drugs at the time of the incident

Our Impact

1900+ people in recovery involved in Yoga 4 Change

  • 6 facilities

  • 22 classes per month

  • Program themes include self-trust, self-confidence, suspending self-judgment, group trust, and loyalty