For our 48th episode, I sat down with Tommy Rosen. Tommy is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 28 years of continuous recovery from addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery. He is the founder and CEO of Recovery 2.0. A program that includes Online Conferences, Group Coaching, a recovery coach training, international retreats, and workshops, a podcast called the Power hour, and a critically-acclaimed book Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life.
Listen to the full episode here :
5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAY
- The energy of addiction is an inter-generational tread that builds patterns of behavior that are created intending to solve challenging and complex emotional issues in the family. As we grow up, we continue these patterns of behaviors.
- Addiction is any behavior you continue despite it bringing negative consequences in your life. Every human being is somewhere on the spectrum of addiction. If you’re not addicted directly to alcohol or drugs, sex or co-dependency, gambling, shopping, or being in a state of debt, food, or experience any eating disorders, you might be addicted to technology, to being busy, to negative thinking, to self-doubt, to procrastination, to resentment or to the current way things are.
- Recovery is about understanding yourself so you can reconcile the differences between your inner and outer experiences of the world. As you get to know yourself, you can start forgiving yourself and others, and eventually love yourself and others. It requires humility, openness, a desire to look at your life and change, a wiliness to learn from your life experiences, a capacity to admit when you’re wrong, to be in a state of surrender, and to work to understand that the outer world is not where your joy is going to come from.
- The path of recovery is a path of discovery. A path where you have an intention, a goal to live with greater awareness, greater consciousness, where to aim to live healthy in your body and mind, where to cultivate harmonious relationships. The path is not an easy, obstacle, and stumble free road. Your commitment to learning from what life is showing you is being on the path. You’ll have good and less good days.
- The role of yoga and spirituality in recovery is to bring our subconscious choices and patterns to light so we can work on them. It helps us attune to a higher vibration and higher state of consciousness, build more clarity, more intuition, cultivate a mind able to focus and see the truth. When your energy is attuned in this way, you connect with people that will meet you and support you on this path.
QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your recovery story, and your yoga journey?
- What does addiction actually look like?
- How do we measure success in recovery?
- Why, generally speaking, are we not more successful in recovery, especially long term recovery?
- You talk about addiction from a vibrational and energetic point of view, which I love, and is pretty different than other ways it been approached in the past, can you explain what that means and how yoga and spirituality can help.
- How do we use breath, movement, meditation to change that frequency? What works about the 12 steps and what’s missing?
- I love your holistic approach to recovery, I have also heard you talk about diet being another pillar in recovery. How can food help us strengthen the recovery process and help prevent relapse? Just like in the 12 steps, some make a bigger impression on your life.
- What yoga concepts or philosophy piece has made the biggest impression on your recovery or on the recovery of people you work with?
- Go to yoga concepts? How is committing to a daily practice important when you’re on a path of recovery?
- Vs practicing here and there, when you feel that you need it?
- How does discovering your mission, living on purpose, and being of service to others also support our recovery?
- How would you wish we were treating addicts in this world?
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ABOUT OUR GUEST
Tommy Rosen is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 28 years of continuous recovery from addiction.
Tommy is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery. He is the founder and CEO of Recovery 2.0, where he has created the Recovery 2.0 Global Community, the Recovery 2.0 Online Conference series, the Recovery 2.0 Group Coaching Program and the Recovery 2.0 Coach Training. Tommy also leads Recovery 2.0 retreats and workshops internationally and presents regularly at conferences spreading the message of “Don’t just survive, THRIVE.
Tommy’s Podcast The Recovery 2.0 Power Hour launched in 2016 and reached #1 in the “Self-Help” and “Health” categories and #8 in all of iTunes.
Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life, was published by Hay House in 2014 to International acclaim and continues to transform the lives of readers across the globe.
Learn more about him :
IG : @tommyrosen
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