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Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Sober Yogis Challenge

Are you looking for support on your path through sobriety? Join others in a safe environment to develop supports in your life to keep you on track toward your goals.

It is never too late to start from scratch. It is never too late to create the life you want to live.

Watch the Sober Yogis Challenge segment on WMUR/ABC

The Sober Yogis Challenge is an eight week challenge designed to kick-start your yoga practice and ignite your recovery. Participants of all ages and levels of fitness who are in sobriety who are seeking other supports to maintain sobriety may participate. Mindfulness practices have gained notoriety in recent years for their ability to assist individuals in recovery with retaining their sobriety. Moving meditative practices are proving infinitely more effective in addiction recovery.

This challenge works by blending traditional therapeutic practices with Eastern mindfulness techniques to attain successful autonomy from chemical dependence.

Participants are required to take class five days and attend one group therapy session per week. Those who complete all eight weeks of Sober Yogis will receive a month of unlimited yoga for free.

Bikram Yoga has teamed up with local therapists and substance abuse professionals to offer a special program to help support individuals seeking to maintain and enhance their sobriety.

Bikram Yoga is well-known for its impact in supporting those in recovery. Famous teachers like Jeanne Heaton notoriously used the practice to recover from heroin addiction. The teaching staff at Bikram Yoga Portsmouth have a collective 75 years of teaching experience. The seasoned and welcoming staff will guide you through the practice with care and attention.

Rolling Admission

Sober Yogis offers rolling admissions. Register for a weekly group, sign up for yoga classes and start feeling better! Contact us to get started!


The Therapy

Sober Yogis offers a two-pronged approach to help you with your sobriety. Our lead therapist Barb Dugan, LADC, SAP, of Recovery Services has over 27 years expereince in addiction recovery.

Weekly group support sessions will help you get support from people on a similar path, develop a community within the yoga community and share your experiences. The support meetings allow us to observe the recovery of others and offers witnesses to our own successes. These groups are effective because they draw you into a culture of people who are taking care of themselves and making living a meaningful life a priority. Trained clinicians will help guide and support the groups to maximize effectiveness Group therapy may be covered by insurance. Sliding scale available.


Daily Bikram Yoga classes

The Bikram Yoga series is a therapeutic yoga program designed not only to bring optimal physical health, but as a mindfulness practice to help reduce the neurological response to stressful stimuli and past trauma. The intensity of the physical practice helps to train the mind to focus despite external distractions. As students gain control of their breath in difficult postures, they learn to control their reactions outside of the hot room as well.

A key component of the practice of yoga is the feeling of euphoria and well-being after practice. This combination of improved physical health, decrease in stress and feeling great are the reward for your hard work on the mat.

The Sober Yogis Challenge is offered both here at Bikram Yoga Portsmount and at Bikram Yoga Epping. Yogis from either studio may participate in the group therapy sessions.

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Studio is open to the public 30 minutes before and after all scheduled classes, except the early birds. Studio opens 15 minutes before 6:30 am classes.


"This experience was amazing overall. Such a powerful tool in recovery. Yoga is changing my life, the challenge is keeping me motivated and accountable. It's a supportive community and teachers. 5 stars!"


" I feel like I have the tools I need to end my addiction and overcome my past because of the support and education and love that came from this program. I learned that it is not scary to open up and ask for help."


" Yoga helped me to see that I am strong. It helped me to recognize that I can survive suffering and discomfort."


" I have a cervical fusion and nerve damage between L4-L5. Having tried just about everything for pain relief, I gave Bikram a try. I was amazed that on the days I practiced my pain was significantly decreased. I would not have believed it could happen, but it has..."
~ Denise Age: 58


" If you think you never want to go again, go again. You will find yourself enjoying the class more and more."
~ Monica Age: 17


"I have lost weight and gained muscle. I am a happier person. I used to feel extremely anxious and lacked energy to do the activities I used to love. Not anymore!"
~ Ila Age: 36

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