5 Years Sober

Today I am 5 years sober.  I smile in this photo because I know I am lucky. Even with its anxieties and pain, life is a precious opportunity. The background of my laptop remains unchanged for years now… “She said she couldn’t survive and never realized that’s what she had been doing the entire time.”  These are your roses Roger. I know this photo would have made you smile too.

A big thanks to everyone who has supported ‘Yoga for Wellness & Recovery’ and my vision for EvonneSullivan.com. I am beyond grateful to be able to share my true passion with others: mind-body tools for mental health and addiction recovery.

Much love to my family, friends, friends who became family, my home group, the rooms, recovery yogis everywhere, my long-time psychotherapist the late Neil Campbell, the World Wide Web, Bellwood Health Services, London Health Sciences Centre and my two favourite cities, London and Toronto. I merged together information, resources, places and people to create a custom healing environment. It was not easy or cheap.  

I support and believe in the recovery movement. So we may work towards achieving fear-free and barrier-free access to addiction recovery resources. So the reach for health becomes attainable and not shamed or punished. For the many we’ve lost and to the countless trying to find their way – you deserve compassion, openness and community. Look hard enough and you will find it.

Paradise Island...Yoga of Recovery Certification

The Yoga of Recovery Certification Course was an amazing experience both personally and professionally. Learning how to assess body constitution and adjust lifestyle habits can improve and ease the path of recovery. We were provided with tools to implement into our daily lives, as well as knowledge and application to bring back to students and clients. Durga Leela is a wonderful teacher and visiting the beautiful Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The ashram housed 300 plus guests and karma yogis. We celebrated Seder, Easter and daily morning and evening Satsangs (gathering together for the truth) with individuals from across the world, including many other Canadians. The beaches of Paradise Island are vast and breathtaking. I welcomed silence of the mind, calming of the body and fullness of the soul. 

Thank you to Durga Leela (Yoga of Recovery) and Tommy Rosen (Recovery 2.0) for entrusting me to chair nightly open 12-Step Discussion Meetings for this 2-week period. After dinner, visitors, karma yogis and those part of the Recovery Symposium gathered to focus on recovery, check-in and form fellowship…a home away from home.  If I had been told 5 years ago that I would leading recovery support groups of 20 to 30 others journeying to health while overlooking the clear waters of Nassau, most likely I would have laughed, definitely not understood the significance. I cherish these special memories of service and friendship in such a unique special environment.

Amongst like-minded spirits, following their hearts towards wellness and peace – I found a place of love, vulnerability, growth, experience and connection.

April 9th to April 24, 2017 - Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat - Paradise Island, Bahamas

Recovery Week London!

As part of the Addiction Recovery Breakfast Committee with Mission Services of London, The Salvation Army, Addiction Services of Thames Valley and Turning Point Inc. we are hosting a week of events from September 11-15, 2017 that celebrate recovery in London!

To register for any or all of the events for visit: Recovery Week London.  To join me at Innovation Works for an evening of Yoga for Wellness & Recovery visit: Recovery Yoga.

During the month of September, Canadians in recovery from addiction join with friends and family to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, workplaces and communities.

Bahamas Bound & Health4U

First official blog post!

From April 10th to 24th, I will be in the Bahamas at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat to obtain my Yoga of Recovery Certification, as well as attend a Recovery Symposium. Looking forward to learning new skills and techniques to bring back to my classes and teachings. These 2.5 weeks will be challenging but no-doubt an exciting experience full of personal and professional growth.

Common question...What is an Ashram? So here you go! Yogapedia Definition

I will indeed have access to technology (although intermittently), so will be checking in. For updates on which classes are running vs. on hold please visit: www.evonnesullivan.com/classes

A couple weeks ago I had a lovely time sitting down with Marcus Wong and Jennie Malone discussing The Health Benefits of Yoga: Mental, Physical and Recovery! Health4U - Episode 9: Yoga.  Listen here!  “health from all different angles and perspectives”. Radio Western 94.9 FM CHRW at The University of Western Ontario.

Namaste Friends!  Sending love and light. 

Whole Body Mental Health Radio

Looking forward to being a guest on one of my favourite podcasts! Whole Body Mental Health Radio. Wednesday, April 26th. 8 pm EST (details to come). Dr. Calderon, his guests and episode topics have been very helpful in my understanding of mind-body medicine, the mind-body connection and mindful psychiatry

Whole Body Mental Health Radio is a show that thinks broadly about mental health and addictions, from the mind-body connection and the gut, to the environment and the world. It seeks to broaden the discussion about mental health and addictions.