On March 17-21st, Tommy Rosen will co-host Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction, the world’s first global addition recovery conference. The conference is to be held online, featuring 35 thought-leaders in the field of addiction recovery and personal transformation.
I met Tommy, an addiction expert and yoga teacher, at the Caribbean Yoga Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and featured his workshop Getting High: Yoga, Meditation and the Infinite Pharmacy Within in my review of the conference.
I interviewed Tommy to learn more about him and the conference.
ES: Tell me about yourself, your experience with addiction and recovery, yoga, and any relevant travel experiences.
TR: I am an unrepentant Deadhead Yoga Teacher who has been in continuous recovery from Addiction for 21 years. I live in Venice California with my incredible, loving wife, Kia Miller, who I consider to be my favorite yoga teacher in the world.
I did a lot of drugs when I was younger always seeking, exploring, looking for connection, meaning, purpose and peace of mind. Ironically, I have found all those things in practicing yoga and meditation and teaching these technologies to people who struggle with addiction.
Yoga and the 12 Steps have been complimentary paths, which have led me to a state of being that I am gratified to live within.
“You don’t go to India for a vacation. You go there for real life experience.” -Kia Miller, Tommy’s wife
I recently returned from India. It was a powerful trip, but not what you might think. As Kia said, “You don’t go to India for a vacation. You go there for real life experience.” We got that. The biggest lesson I will learn from this first trip to India was there is no separation between anyone. We are all connected by our humanity. It became crystal clear for me on that trip.
ES: Who should attend this online conference and why? What types of addictions will it address?
In my view, addiction is the largest social problem we face today, therefore whether you are trying to overcome and addiction personally with an addiction, have a loved one who is struggling, or work in the field of addiction and recovery this event would be of great benefit to you. In other words, if you are human being you will benefit from Recovery 2.0.
“If you are human being you will benefit from Recovery2.0.”
The conference takes a holistic look at addiction and recovery through the eyes of 35 experts. Recovery 2.0 will offer insight, inspiration, and applicable knowledge and tools relating to ALL addictions – Drugs, Alcohol, Food, Sex & Relationships, Money Issues, even thought addictions such as Negative Thinking and Self-Doubt.
ES: What are your thoughts on the relationship between addiction recovery, healing and yoga? Will this be addressed in the conference?
Addiction is a disease characterized by disconnection. We’re disconnected from ourselves. We’re disconnected from others. We’re disconnected from the Divine, from Source. Since addiction emanates from some form of trauma, it goes to follow that a healing process is required for one to move out of Dis-ease into ease. Any practice or activity that brings us into a state of unity, of connection will naturally be of interest to anyone in a process of recovery. Yoga means union. It strengthens the body, detoxes and balances all the systems, and calms the mind. Ultimately, yoga is a path that leads us into transcendence of the human condition. This is true whether we struggle with addiction or not.
“Ultimately yoga is a path that leads us into transcendence of the human condition. This is true whether we struggle with addiction or not.”
Each of the 35 talks in the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction conference directly address the pathway from darkness to light, from Dis-ease into ease, and from addiction to recovery. The interviews will provide perspectives on all the major addictions and numerous modalities and philosophies used to address them – yoga, meditation, diet, 12 steps and many more. Taken as a whole these interviews should at the very least inspire a person further along their path of healing, whatever that might be.
ES: Fly Away World is a blog about travel and healing. What are your thoughts on the relationship between these two experiences?
TR: To experience diverse cultures – language, music, food, people – is one of the great joys in life. Travel helps us to transcend our limited perspectives and to engage in the collective in ways not possible in familiar environments. I have always felt it should be required for people to spend a year traveling the world before they decide what it is they want to pursue in life. As we come to understand each other there is a healing that takes place at the global level, at the community level, and at the individual level. To be disconnected from each other is painful and destructive.
“As we come to understand each other there is a healing that takes place at the global level, at the community level, and at the individual level. To be disconnected from each other is painful and destructive.”
Here’s a lineup of more conferences and festivals that Tommy will appear at after Recovery 2.0:
In mid-April Tommy will also begin a teaching residency at the new Golden Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica.
Tommy Rosen is a certified Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a leading authority on addiction and recovery with 20 years experience helping others to overcome addictions of every kind. He is one of the pioneers in the relatively new field of Yoga and Recovery, which utilizes yoga and meditation to help people to move beyond addiction and build fulfilling lives. Visit http://www.tommyrosen.com/ for more information.