Brooke Hamblet

OUTREACH

FINDING A NEW PURPOSE IN YOGA
JOIN BLUE BUTTERFLY IN MAKING A CHANGE

“I feel like the area of yoga and addiction recovery has been explored in some facets but not a full-on, methodical and philanthropic effort. We need to understand why yoga works. It’s not an absolute cure but it is a strong foundation for the path to recovery.”

In 2012, Brooke Hamblet’s mother, Barbara, died of alcoholism and addiction. Had it not been for her mother’s journey, Brooke would have never found Pine Street, a local recovery center in Fort Worth, where her healing for her mother began and is now transforming hundreds of lives through The Blue Butterfly Foundation.

“My mother never sought help. She never went to treatment and even on her dying day as her liver was failing and her decrepit body was shutting down, did not accept that she was an alcoholic and an addict. I spent so many years – decades – angry, sad, frustrated, neglected and resentful of her choices. I tried everything I could to help her. And she didn’t want it. Or couldn’t accept it. Then one day, I decided that if I couldn’t help her, I could help someone. And maybe through them, I could reach her. I was never able to change her mind about getting help, but I accepted her and loved her. And through our work at Pine Street, I was able to understand her. It was then that instead of forgiving her, I asked for her forgiveness … the day I was accountable for my role in the relationship – judging her and trying to make her be something she was not – was the day that I knew I gave her the greatest gift I could. The gift of real love.”

Brooke has directed the outreach program at Pine Street since 2010. Since then, she has employed and delegated management and teaching to an educated staff of teachers while she formed the non-profit organization, The Blue Butterfly Foundation. Having rested on her shoulder in many hours of meditation, the blue butterfly has always been a spiritual guide for Brooke, even before her mother passed. Brooke believes that the blue butterfly is her mother’s spirit, free and uncontained by a human body and afflictions, representing metamorphosis, rebirth and resplendence.

 

Blue Butterfly

www.bluebutterfly.org

The mission of The Blue Butterfly Foundation is to provide yoga as an option and treatment model for addicts. Brooke and her team of teachers have taught yoga at Pine Street since 2008, when they offered classes to the clients in addiction treatment. Over the past 5 years they have taught well over 25,000 clients in recovery. In addition to the onsite classes, Brooke’s local yoga studio, Indigo Yoga, allows all graduates of Pine Street memberships at the studio. Indigo Yoga consistently holds fundraisers for donations and to stock Pine Street with needed yoga gear and supplies. Periodically Indigo Yoga will gift full and/or partial teacher training scholarships to Pine Street graduates. The Blue Butterfly Foundation is developing a comprehensive treatment model based on yogic teaching and healing. From that model, services will be expanded at Pine Street and beyond to include more daily classes, workshops and extended treatment intensives. Brooke and her teachers are committed to developing curriculum specific to the needs of the clients while conducting research and earning degreed education. The curriculum will include physical practice, nutrition and wellness, inquiry, life principles and coping skills. The methodology will be replicable and distributable to any yoga studio wanting to have a satellite Blue Butterfly Foundation and to recovery facility anywhere. An additional branch of the foundation that Blue Butterfly supports is the education and certification of yoga teachers, counselors and recovered addicts to teach addicts and those in recovery, through and by a certifying school (under Brooke’s direction) called Addiction Treatment Yoga. Blue Butterfly will support the development of programs that facilitate and encourage the complimentary support of the methodologies of Indigo Yoga.

 

Outreach Yoga and Addiction Treatment

Purpose: To provide yoga as an option and treatment model for addicts and Description of Past and Current Activities: Our work at Pine Street began in 2008, when we offered on-site services (teaching yoga) to the clients in addiction recovery. At that time we taught once a week, and over the past 5 years, we have grown the program to 8 classes a week. In addition to the onsite classes, Indigo Yoga (the service provider) allows all graduates of Pine Street lifetime memberships at the studio. Indigo Yoga consistently holds quarterly fundraisers for donations and to stock Pine Street with needed yoga gear and supplies. Periodically Indigo Yoga will gift full and/or partial teacher training scholarships to Pine Street gradates. Our planned activities for the foundation include developing a comprehensive treatment model based on yogic teaching and healing. From that model, we will expand our services at Pine Street to include more daily classes, workshops and extended treatment intensives. We will continue developing the curriculum specific to the needs of the clients while conducting research and earning degreed education. The curriculum will include physical practice, nutrition and wellness, inquiry, life principles and coping skills. The methodology will be replicable and distributable to any recovery facility anywhere. An additional branch of the foundation is educating and certifying yoga teachers, counselors and recovered addicts to teach addicts and those in recovery. In summary, our foundation has three branches of service: daily teaching at recovery facilities and our own home based-studio, the distributable methodology, materials, and content of teaching yoga to addicts as a component of treatment, and the education and certification of Addiction Treatment Yoga The foundation will support the development of programs that facilitate and encourage the development of the methodologies of Indigo Yoga.

 

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POSTED ON October 11, 2016
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