Evelyn Zak is a yoga therapist and substance abuse counselor. For over two decades, she’s offered individual and group classes. Most recently, her focus has been in the field of substance use and process disorders (gambling, eating, et al).
Evelyn received her training at the Kripalu Institute for Yoga and Health and also completed training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is a member of both the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Kripalu Yoga & Ayurveda Association.
Recent studies have demonstrated the health benefits of yoga. When yoga is integrated into a recovery program, it tends to mirror the larger trend toward holistic treatment. Just as working with the mind can affect the body, working with the body can change the chemistry of the brain. A therapeutic yoga practice which incorporates relaxation and meditation in addition to postures help reduce urges, anxiety, and fear – all of which often lead to destructive behavior.