“The most common risk factor (for chronic homelessness) is tri-morbidity - when an individual has a substance abuse problem, a mental illness, and a chronic physical health condition.”
— -National Coalition for the Homeless

Since 2010, One-breath.org has been addressing the needs of homeless, low-income and/or incarcerated men and women based on the integrative health model as defined by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health. The Center states that,

integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person - body, mind, and spirit, including all aspects of lifestyle. Integrative health emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.”

Currently, One-breath works with close to 200 homeless and incarcerated men and women each week, with 10 yoga classes in 8 local treatment settings.  One-breath.org offers complementary therapy with a 60-75 minute, trauma informed, substance abuse/mental health specific yoga/mindfulness class, that is integrated into the conventional cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention curriculum offered each week.  The structure for the class is based around the Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention technique, S.O.B.E.R (Stop, Observe, Breathe, Expand, Respond).  MBRP is an evidenced based treatment approach developed at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington, for individuals in recovery for addictive behaviors.  

The focus of our classes is to help people to develop an awareness of the body and the breath as it relates to the quality of the mind.  Our classes are not about touching your toes or getting your foot behind your head.  We offer practical mindfulness tools for any body to help people manage stress, triggers, emotions and behavior.  Our goal is to assist clients to replace substance use with healthy coping skills when confronted with the inevitable stressors that threaten sobriety and re-traumitization.  Improved treatment retention and relapse prevention are desired outcomes of the challenging search for evidenced-based programs for recovering addicts. Research combined with anecdotal evidence from clinical practice support the use of yoga and mindfulness for a broad spectrum of substance use disorders and mental health problems in general.

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