YOGA & MEDITATION
Yoga and Meditation are more than just exercise. The evidence-based benefits of both, physically and mentally, are shown to support and assist with the process of recovery.
This addition to our program is designed to bring practices of mindful awareness to participants who have suffered from the addictive trappings and tendencies of the mind. The practices are intended to foster increased awareness of triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and "automatic" reactions that seem to control many of our lives. The mindfulness practices in meditation are designed to help us pause, observe present experiences, and bring awareness to the range of choices before each of us in every moment. We learn to respond in ways that serve us, rather than react in ways that are detrimental to our health and happiness. Ultimately, we are working towards freedom from deeply ingrained and often catastrophic habits.
The primary goals are:
1: Develop awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions, and learn ways to create a pause in seemingly automatic processes
2: Change our relationships with discomfort, learning to recognize challenging emotional and physical experiences and respond to them in skillful ways.
3: Foster nonjudgemental, compassionate approaches toward ourselves and our experiences
4: Build a lifestyle that supports both mindfulness practices and recovery.
Yoga produces long lasting changes which help maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is a positive way to cope with negative emotions, such as depression and anxiety. Yoga creates a sense of calm and solace that most people do not have the chance to experience in their everyday life. The physical benefits of yoga include:
- Increased flexibility
- Improved respiration, energy, and vitality
- Weight reduction
- Reduction in chronic pain
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Maintenance of a balanced metabolism
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Protection from injury
- Reduction in symptoms of insomnia
Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best
benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage
stress, which is known to have devastating effects
on the body and mind. Most people who quit
using alcohol and other drugs are filled with stress
and anxiety and yoga and meditation truly are
invaluable. Yoga and mindfulness form a union to
enhance positive feelings and outlooks. Research has shown that the combination of the two can provide energy, satisfaction, and stability on an addicts' road to recovery.
For a list of yoga for recovery resources, please click here.