How Does Yoga help with Recovery?

Coming from the Sanskrit word Yuj, which is interpreted to mean “union,” yoga is an ancient technique designed to bring mind and body closer together with the use of exercise, meditation, and breathing.

 

While there is a slight learning curve, the main focus is centering both the body and mind. As a result, anywhere that you consider a peaceful setting can be a great place to practice yoga. 

Yoga is viewed as a highly spiritual activity. By posing the body in a specific way, the flow of energy is said to be opened as the spine and other parts of the body are properly aligned. This allows the mind to open up, creating a balance between the mind and the body.

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Yoga has long been used as a way to calm the brain down. It can regulate and balance stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This can help relieve stress, lower the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and help with respiration. Grey matter and regions of the brain active in controlling stress, like the hippocampus, may also be enlarged with the regular practice of yoga.

In terms of addiction recovery and treatment, yoga can be used to help balance the parts of the mind and the body that has been adversely naturally affected by addiction. Yoga is a great way to get in tune with the body and truly understand how your body operates on a spiritual and physical level. Yoga is a great way to listen to the body and better understand not only how it operates but the triggers that it has that may have led to addiction in the first place. 

Additionally, yoga can be a great first step in adopting an overall healthier lifestyle, another key component of battling addiction and addiction treatment. Yoga has been known to promote the following:

  • Increase in energy

  • A better diet

  • Better sleep

  • Increased stamina and strength

  • Self-reflections

  • Pain relief

  • Emotional healing

  • Overall health and wellness

When people feel better physically, they are more able to handle stress and anything that may come up during the day, including potential temptations when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

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