We dedicate this podcast to Michael Young. Without his courageous battle with addiction and his passing, Anie and I might never have crossed paths.
Join me for a conversation with my dear friend, Anie Boudreau, Addiction Recovery and Chronic Pain Coach and Yoga Therapist.
In this conversation we talk about how she supports her clients by:
Helping her clients see possibilities and getting back to their spirit and believing that they should be here.
Harnessing the container of playfulness, wonderment and an open heart to help people who have shut down on themselves and to help them connect with wonderment again.
Harnessing nervous system health during addiction recovery and that those who are looking for a point A to point B through the nervous system will find there’s no such thing.
Sharing her own discoveries that when it feels like her whole life is a storm, she repeats the mantra, "it is impossible for 100% of the things in your life to be going wrong … it may be my nervous system giving me false information."
Embodying the teaching: “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection”- Johann Hari
Anie Boudreau has been on her own healing journey for over 20 years. She has lived with a brain injury after suffering from nearly 30 concussions as a downhill mountain bike racer and snowboarder. It’s been a journey, to say the least, learning how to maneuver through pain every day while living a joyful life. Anie has learned the capacity to meet discomfort with kindness and curiosity. Meeting pain with awe and wonder instead of fear, anger and shame allows for a greater sense of connection to body, to self, and to environment. This genuine connection is the antidote to suffering.
As a Certified Yoga Therapist, an Advanced-level Addiction Recovery Coach & Trainer, and Life Mentor, Anie’s intention is to empower you with practical tools that can be used in the ups and downs of your daily life. Anie uses advanced embodied & mindfulness techniques and is a specialist in pain science, nervous system regulation, movement for trauma, psychedelic treatment for addiction recovery and contemplative psychology . She works one-on-one with individuals, teaches classes, and facilitates groups, programs and workshops specializing in topics such as living with chronic pain, addictions and emotional distress.
Anie has realized that the healing power of sharing her story and having it heard, seen and acknowledged significantly eases her symptoms. This is the practice of speaking from the heart, and it's a huge part of the work she does at School of Reverence. It's potent and powerful.
Through all the pain, trauma and training, Anie is immensely grateful for the way her life has unfolded because she is able to help others in a really skillful way that brings her so much joy.