Oct. 28, 2022 – Daffner said his recovery process was long, trying many times to get clean and never feeling fully prepared. But nearly nine years ago, something clicked when he began practicing yoga regularly in an inpatient treatment facility. 

“What I didn’t like about (yoga) when I first got started, but was really grateful for down the road, is that it was mandatory,” he said. “I was kind of at the end of my rope, so to speak, and was just like, ‘Whatever, this is kind of stupid, but I’ll try it. At this point, if anything can help me not go back to the way I was living, I’ll give it a shot.’” Yoga was a new and confusing concept, but Daffner had no doubt that he loved the way he felt after a class. 

Coming full circle, Daffner teaches yoga at such places as Scottsdale Recovery Center in hopes of helping others on their journeys to sobriety. 

Over the decades, yoga has become increasingly popular in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics report. The trend is marked by a booming market for yoga attire, popularized by celebrities and such brands as Lululemon and Fabletics, and yoga-inspired home decor sold across the nation.