Gail credits the atma vichara (self-inquiry work) of her two Anusara Immersions and 200-hour teacher training with Jackie Prete and Rudrani Farbman-Brown for finally being able to accept the fact that she has a disease—alcoholism. That realization came in 2005, 10 years after she got sober. She has felt called ever since to share the healing powers of yoga with others who share her disease. She has served inpatients and outpatients in the country rehab center, has taught groups in private settings, has led and participated in retreats, has presented at conventions and has supported fundraisers for the non-profit that supports the county rehab center. She introduced Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery) public classes to Charleston in April 2017 and has held space for a weekly meeting and yoga practice.
She holds certifications in Y12SR and S.O.A.R. (Success Over Addiction and Relapse) and has studied with leaders in the field of addiction and yoga: Nikki Myers, Kyczy Hawk and Tommy Rosen. Gail belongs to LCATRA, the Lowcountry Addiction Treatment and Recovery Alliance.
A Certified Anusara teacher and Subject Matter Specialist on Addiction Recovery, she developed the elective module in the Anusara Advanced Teacher Training. The module, designed as a weekend workshop, aims to help teachers serve people in recovery from their own or others’ addictions and to increase teachers’ sensitivity to addicts who may be in their public classes.