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““When we are in active addiction, it’s a tradeoff. I couldn’t do what I was doing when I was using and still hold on to the deepest parts of myself, the essence of myself.” – Steven Washington


I am so excited to welcome my pal Steven Washington to the show. His new book, Recovering You: Soul Care and Mindful Movement for Overcoming Addiction, is full of inspiration, accessible tips, and beautiful stories. It’s honestly for anyone, not just those who are overcoming addiction.

In this conversation, Steven and I chat about his journey from addicted and numbing to feeling and moving, the tools he used to stay sober, and why his dharma is all about mindful movement. I hope you enjoy it.


  • 03:35 The inspiration behind Steven’s brand new book, Recovering You: Soul Care and Mindful Movement for Overcoming Addiction
  • 05:20 How recovery from an addiction is a return to your true self
  • 08:40 The most important lessons from Steven’s recovery journey 
  • 14:30 How movement can facilitate healing
  • 15:30 What it means to breathe well
  • 18:10 Qigong 101
  • 23:30 The essential role of community in addiction recovery
  • 25:30 Steven’s daily wellness practices

Connect with Steven Washington:

Steven Washington is the author of Recovering You: Soul Care and Mindful Movement for Overcoming Addiction. As a former professional dancer who performed on Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King, his love of movement inspired him to become the highly acclaimed Qigong and Pilates teacher that he is today.

Steven lives a joyful life of recovery and is passionate about helping others as they navigate toward health and happiness. He offers Qigong, Pilates, Dance, Meditation, Laughter, and more through his website. Visit him online at  

If you like what Steven is all about, get your copy of Recovering You wherever books are sold, or check out the audiobook version on Audible!

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