At its beautiful beach-front facility in Venice, California, Phoenix Houses of Los Angeles offers a broad spectrum of residential and outpatient services to assist clients in their efforts to break the cycle of substance abuse. In addition to these services, for the past four years residents at Phoenix House Venice have also been meditating their way to better physical and mental health with the help of local volunteer yoga instructor, Angela Laner. From one-on-one sessions to groups of ten or more, Ms. Laner enjoys regularly volunteering her time and skills to help Phoenix House residents on the path to healing.
“Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline,” she says. “The word yoga means to join, to unite. The goals of yoga vary from improving health to achieving high states of enlightenment. Yoga is a transformational and healing practice.”
As the sole yoga instructor for Phoenix House Venice, her skills and efforts are appreciated by staff and residents alike. “Yoga is a way to merge my mind, body and soul,” says one enthusiastic resident. “For the first time, I am starting to feel complete.”
Residents find yoga compliments the Phoenix House philosophy of mutual self-help. Working with clients to help them gain control of their lives by developing emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral, and educational skills is the essence of the Phoenix House approach.
Passionate about her craft, Angela Laner explains, “My intention is to create a sacred space for others to discover a sense of adventure in exploring their own true nature. Yoga is a path and a gift to share, and it is my passion and an honor to share it with you.”
Phoenix House’s Venice program has enjoyed strong community support since its foundation more than 20 years ago. The facility can serve 53 residential clients 20 outpatient clients, and 14 sober living clients. All of Phoenix House’s residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are licensed and/or certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF.