Jacob spent most of his adolescence and young adulthood lost, using chemicals and people to create a false sense of self and meaning in life. Defeated and desperate after struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for over a decade, Jacob finally hit a point where he reached out for help. This help came in many forms; support from family and friends, detox, inpatient rehabilitation, and a variety of 12-step meetings.
One of the most helpful pieces of recovery was introduced to him while he was in inpatient: Yoga. Though the yoga practice was new and confusing at times, it brought him a sense of peace and serenity that he had been searching for his entire life. In the first year of his recovery from addiction, Jacob became a yoga instructor. Realizing that he had a gift- a unique and effective way to bring this solution to other people in recovery. He started teaching yoga at rehab centers and later created the non-profit Spiritually Fit Recovery, Inc.
Jacob’s passion was found through his recovery. He now makes it his mission and life’s work to bring yoga to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in any stage of their recovery process. Teaching at 11 treatment centers, offering recovery yoga teacher trainings to yoga teachers to help them help others in addiction, and holding weekly donation based yoga classes for Spiritually Fit Recovery, he has touched the lives of thousands of people. This soul feeding work is not simply his passion, but his purpose. Jacob believes that addiction is a three part disease of the body, mind, and spirit, and that yoga (amongst many other tools) is part of a three part solution for the body, mind, and spirit.