WHO IS KATY?
Katy Cryer is the founder and director of Square One Yoga, a small, independent chain of yoga studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the author of Yoga for Addiction: Using Yoga and the Twelve Steps to Find Peace in the Present Moment, due for release by New Harbinger Press is November 2020. Katy’s founding mission for Square One Yoga is the same mission for her writing: to present and teach yoga in a way that is accessible and unintimidating for every body. Katy is grateful to her primary yoga teachers Judith Hanson Lasater and Jason Crandell, whose teachings complement each other beautifully. Judith taught her ease, and Jason taught her stability. She is also grateful to the countless other teachers she’s had along the way.
Praise for Yoga for Addiction
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, author of ten books, including Relax and Renew
I applaud this book, and I recommend it for everyone: yoga students, those with addiction issues who do not practice yoga, those who live with and love those with addiction issues, and to yoga teachers who, perhaps unknowingly, have these people in their classes. Bravo, Ms. Cryer. With this book, you have transformed the difficulties and trauma of your life into a hopeful gift for the rest of us. We all thank you.
Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time, and cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network
Yoga for Addiction is a remarkably comprehensive book. Its great contribution is its insistence that our recovery be grounded in the body. This understanding and wisdom is badly needed in the 12-step world. With its wise exploration of the steps, its personal stories, and its highly accessible introduction to both yogic philosophy and practice, it will be a valuable resource for every person on the path of recovery.
Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., LCSW, Author of A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps, Helping Women Recover, and Beyond Trauma
In this clear, thoughtful, and accessible book, Katy Cryer provides tools for creating connection which is at the core of recovery. Addiction disconnects us from ourselves, others, and our bodies. The Twelve Steps provide us with connection to others while yoga connects us to our bodies. I recommend Yoga for Addiction as a course of action for deepening recovery and becoming whole.
Richard Rosen, yoga instructor with thirty-three years’ experience; and author of five books on yoga, including Yoga FAQ
For more than 2,000 years, yogis have known of our ‘addiction;’ not to any pill or drink, but to our ego self. It blinds us to our true self and leads inevitably to alienation and deep-seated sorrow. How fitting then is Katy’s work with yoga and substance addiction. Her series of self-investigations and yoga-based exercises is an accessible, effective holistic treatment program for such addiction; but more, to some extent that depends on you, our sorrow.
Melanie Klein, MA, Cofounder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and coauthor of Yoga and Body Image
With equal parts care, tenderness, and bravery, Cryer takes readers on a journey inward and offers them the opportunity to grow into wholeness with renewed intimacy and appreciation.
Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, C-IAYT, psychotherapist, and author of Awake at 3 a.m.
Walking into a recovery meeting or yoga class for the first time can feel scary and unfamiliar for most. Katy Cryer’s down-to-earth, straightforward, and compassionate book feels like someone encouraging you, helping you find your bravery, and holding your hand as you walk into the room. She offers a clear guide on how to approach your healing as a whole, embodied, very human, being.
What is Square One Yoga?
Katy opened her first yoga studio in 2009 in a small storefront across the street from a KFC in Emeryville, CA. The first Square One had a lot of heart, but not much revenue and just a few loyal students. Since then, Katy has grown the business to four locations across the East Bay that serve thousands of people. It has become a local institution. Square One is known for its friendly community, excellent instructors, and classes that are accessible for every body. Katy continues as Studio Director and Lead Trainer in Square One's Acclaimed Mindful Flow Yoga Teacher Training. Square One has been voted Best Yoga Studio in the East Bay two years and counting.