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Monday, February 1, 2016

Yoga Poses: Benefits for Addiction Recovery

benefits of yoga in addiction recoveryA whole-body approach to recovery includes introspection, meditation, and attention to the physical maladies that have occurred as a result of drug and alcohol use. Yoga, one of the most popular complementary therapies for addicts of all ages, encourages participants to focus on circulation, blood flow, and breathing. As a result, they begin to feel “whole” again—and to develop a sense of peace and calm that comes when the body and mind work synergistically.

One study conducted at Penn State University found that the chance for relapse increases when those recovering from addiction do not find new ways to manage stress. Stress and cravings are linked, so it stands to reason that successful stress management reduces the incidence of relapse. Yoga promotes relaxation through deep breathing exercises, stretching and flexibility, and concentration.

How Do Yoga Poses Help With Addiction?

They help you find stillness. When they first begin yoga, many people report that a “loud mind” disrupts their ability to focus and balance. As clients connect their posture to the mind and breath, they being to calm whirling thoughts and feel more grounded.

They open the hips and shoulders. Shoulders and hips tend to store stress. As we become upset, the body clenches and the shoulders round. We retreat to a forward-folded position. In addition, many yoga instructors believe that tight hips are an indicator of past trauma. Hip- and shoulder-opening poses help to release stress and restore mobility to these major joints.

They help you get in touch with your spirituality. Whether you believe in God or prefer to think of the power that exists within you, yoga gives you time to meditate, pray, or consider the energy that flows through your body. Yoga also emphasizes gratitude and the giving and receiving of love, joy, and peace.

Holistic & Medical Treatment for Addiction 
Blending holistic practices, cutting-edge clinical treatment and evidence-based therapies, Complete Harmony takes a non-traditional, non-12-step approach to addiction treatment. Through the time-honored practice of yoga, you have the opportunity to release anger, open yourself up to new things, and lengthen and strengthen your healing body. Call 866.930.4673 to speak with our admissions team or begin your journey to substance-free abundance.

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