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Russell Brand to Open Yoga Studio for Addicts

Now ten years clean, the comedian hopes to help other addicts find their "spiritual soul."

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By Valerie Tejeda

11/19/12

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Comedian and actor Russell Brand has kicked drugs and alcohol with the help of yoga, and now plans to open his own yoga studio geared towards helping those who struggle with addiction. Brand, who recently celebrated a decade clean, has talked about his past battles with alcoholism, heroin and sex addiction—and has often credited yoga, and his instructor Tej Kau, with helping him maintain sobriety and peace of mind. “Russ has always wanted to set up his own yoga studio and has decided to make it his new project,” a source says. “He has this idea of an all-giving studio where teachers work for their own fulfillment and those in need such as the homeless and addicts in need of finding their spiritual soul. He wants to create his own mantra and take his teachings round the world like other ­renowned teachers he’s learned from in the past.” In addition to opening a studio, the 37-year-old plans on teaching yoga classes himself after going through instructor training. ''Once he's finished his course next spring, he'll set up his own studio in Los Angeles,'' the source adds. “It’s all part of his dream of building his own community and he would like to offer free classes to those in need. It would also include meditations, cooking classes, lectures and aromatherapy classes.”

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