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A West Coast testimonial on yoga's benefits

June 24, 2014
by Anjali Talcherkar
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Anjali Talcherkar

I will always remember the wise words of my sponsor when I was 60 days sober. She said, “You know, you should keep up with your yoga and meditation. I think it's really helping you.” That was the best sponsor direction any sponsee could ask for.

Three years later, clean and sober, I did make that hopeful trip to India and took an enlightening dip in the Ganges River. Unbeknownst to me, my best thinking actually had not been that far off target. Recovery may have been a long journey “om,” but you can bet your “asana” that it was well worth the ride.


Anjali Talcherkar is a writer in recovery and an active yogini. She holds a master's degree in psychology and addiction studies from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a yoga-alliance certified instructor and leads yoga and meditation workshops at the Los Angeles Art of Living Foundation Center. Her forthcoming book is a personal memoir and Ayurvedic/Vedantic interpretation of addiction and the 12 Steps.