Habits, Patterns, and Addictions: A Yogic Perspective

1.5 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Soul of Yoga Participants Only

Patterns, habits, and addictions can create challenges for us and our clients when we lose control over them or they take us away from all we can do and be. To shift them, we must first develop more awareness about them, because one of their strengths is hiding and rationalizing.

In this course, you will learn how and why patterns, habits, and addictions are formed, and why all humans have them Compassionately unearth the strategies patterns, habits, and addictions use to take hold within us. Explore the relationship between trauma and addiction Unearth and examine our own habits and addictions (or those of our clients) with compassion. Analyze the role of family and upbringing in patterns, habits, and addictions. Comprehend the relationship between codependency and addictions. Develop concrete, compassionate strategies to address patterns, habits, and addictions you feel ready to shift/to help your clients shift.

Develop a daily personal practice you or your clients can use to create lasting change.

Open to anyone who wants to explore the role of patterns, habits, and addictions in their lives or in the lives of their clients. We are modifications-friendly, trauma-sensitive, and inclusive, no physical yoga is required, and no meditation experience is necessary. We will offer practices of yoga, pranayama, and meditation. Modifications are available and encouraged. We will teach from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga; all lineages.

To register or for more information please go to: Soul of Yoga

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.5 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for yoga students, yoga teachers, coaches, clinicians, yoga therapists; students majoring in yoga studies, sociology, psychology, or related fields; students earning certification in addiction studies, drug and alcohol studies, or related fields, people healing from addiction and codependency patterning.

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What You Will Learn

  • Define, identify, and summarize key aspects of habits and patterns
  • Work in groups and be part of an effective team recognize and analyze patterns of addictive behavior and communicate insights orally and in writing
  • Critique and analyze sample addictive patterns and behaviors
  • Identify basic yogic terminology as applied to human patterns of behavior apply course material to habits and patterns in their own lives and articulate this to others in the course
  • Perform yogic techniques in practice to address unsupportive patterns


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The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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