Yoga is an ancient practice of the mind, body, and spirit with evidence of its existence dating back as far as 3000 B.C. and maybe even further. Over time, the practice has evolved and made its way from its early origins in the East to the western world.
Yoga has become incredibly popular, particularly in the last decade, with studios and schools cropping up everywhere. Yoga is being taught to children in schools and yoga classes can be found in prisons.
Why is yoga so popular? What are its benefits? On a physical level, yoga improves strength, flexibility and stamina. It improves posture and spine health. It prevents cartilage and joint breakdown.
Other benefits include:
- Improved circulation
- Better immune system function
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved bone density
- Helps digestion
- Promotes deeper, better sleep quality
- Reduces stress
- Elevates mood
- Improves focus
These are just a handful of the benefits of a regular yoga practice. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a practiced yogi with years of experience to reap these benefits, a few simple moves can give you amazing results. We live in a world of high stress and pressure, and yoga offers an opportunity to slow down and regain our balance and center. This is no doubt a big reason it has become so widely practiced in the United States.
Because of the documented mental, physical and emotional benefits associated with yoga, it has become a useful and effective therapy used in a variety of settings. Yoga for addiction has been studied and found to be beneficial in the treatment process.
Why Yoga Is Important For Addiction Recovery
Addiction is a disease that affects all areas of life. It wears down the body and mind. It can cause neurological damage and long lasting emotional pain and trauma. Yoga for drug and alcohol addiction is a restorative practice that positively impacts all of these areas.
Practicing yoga actually creates changes in the brain’s neurochemistry, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. For women in treatment, this is so important.
On a practical, everyday level, yoga helps to calm the mind and body, reducing stress and overwhelm. Practicing yoga can help reduce cravings for alcohol and drugs. Because yoga is an excellent form of exercise, it improves overall health and promotes a healthy body image and self-acceptance.
Yoga for addiction also helps facilitate and complements spiritual practices and meditation. It helps develop discipline and focus. Used in conjunction with other treatments such as individual counseling, art therapy and group therapy, yoga for drug and alcohol abuse treatment is a wonderful addition to a comprehensive addiction treatment program.
Wayside Yoga Therapy Program
Our program is pleased to offer yoga therapy for addiction weekly. Our instructor, Ms. Chang teaches two hour-long sessions during the weeks as well as a 90-minute yoga and meditation session on Saturdays. Residents look forward to these classes and are often surprised by how great they feel afterward.
Use Yoga To Find Balance At Wayside House Addiction Treatment Center in Florida
Recovery from addiction is not just about abstinence, it is about restoring balance to a chaotic life. Addiction depletes the body, mind, and spirit. Wayside House addiction therapies, including yoga, are about restoring that balance and healing the self.
If you are a woman struggling with substance abuse, contact Wayside House to find out more about our program. Call 561-278-0055 today to learn more.