Yoga Instructor Sarah Roberts featured in The Enterprise

On a recent Tuesday evening, Sarah E. Roberts, a yoga teacher at Wellstrong, a new gym in Teaticket for people in recovery from addiction, welcomed 10 students to her class.

Ms. Roberts teaches a particular form of yoga that integrates the 12 steps used by anonymous recovery groups with yoga postures and breathing exercises.

The class opened with a reading on the first step: admitting powerlessness.

“I was a complete slave to alcohol,” Ms. Roberts told the group. “Every thought that went through my head revolved around it.”

Sitting on yoga mats in a circle, members of the group took turns sharing their own stories of addiction and recovery, taking a deep breath in unison after each person spoke. After 45 minutes of discussion, Ms. Roberts transitioned to 45 minutes of yoga practice.

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