From the April 2012 magazine.

April 2012: Meeting at Shivaji Market

She gave back to a city that took her under its wing

After years of knowing I was alcoholic and my life was unmanageable, I finally became desperate and hopeless enough to land up in the rooms of AA. Sitting in those early meetings, I latched on to the Second Step—came to believe a power greater than myself would restore me to sanity. The “God business” was an issue for me; the Second Step hit me with the reality that I needed to find a palpable connection with a Higher Power in order to recover with any sort of peace. The Serenity Prayer became my lifeline once I left a meeting and went about my day. It was what got me through the early sober years when I was still working in a bar because I couldn’t imagine what else I could do at that point.

I started taking yoga classes in a spiritually-based yoga institute where their teaching was “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” This resonated with me, and I became willing to immerse myself in this ancient body, mind and spirit practice which very much dove-tailed with the AA program. This was the beginning of my spiritual sober journey. I felt so connected to the practice that I studied and trained to become a yoga teacher, which I completed in my third year of sobriety.

-- Deborah D.

Montclair, New Jersey

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