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4 Ways Yoga Boosts the Addiction Treatment Process

Yoga has increased in popularity over the last 10 years. Seemingly overnight, yoga studios and bright colored yoga mats flooded the lifestyle and exercise cultures.

Yoga is a technique that utilizes stretches, postures and controlled breathing. Believe it or not, the practice can be traced back more than 5,000 years. And while its initial development differs from the mainstream forms and poses we use today, practicing yoga has shown to have health and mental benefits.

Form and Balance

There are a number of forms of yoga in practice. For example, power yoga and hot yoga are both perfect low impact workouts that burn a lot of calories and they’re guaranteed to make you break a sweat. When used in conjunction with meditation and deep breathing exercises, yoga can also calm the mind, improve focus and reinforce patience.

These benefits have been able to shine a light on the practice of yoga and incorporating it as a therapy alternative in rehabilitation treatment centers. It is even recommended that yoga remain a continued to practice for recovering addicts once they exit a rehab facility or treatment program.

Here are 4 ways that yoga could decrease the frequency of an addict’s drug use:

    • DetoxificationDetox, the first step in recovery, is both a physical and a mental cleansing. A healthy diet and exercise are simple ways to detox from the inside out while establishing a routine that reinforces positive outcomes. Incorporating yoga as exercise also aids in the detoxification process by activating the circulatory, digestive and lymph systems, all of which are responsible for waste elimination.

 

    • Promotes a Greater Sense of ControlThrough held physical poses and focused breathing, practicing yoga reinforces a sense of control. Taking control over oneself creates a person that is mindful and accountable. Recovering addicts begin to think twice about giving into cravings or stress.

 

    • Reduced Feelings of Depression or AnxietyThe physical and mental disciplines of yoga not only promote a healthy heart and reduced blood pressure, yoga has been proven in a number of studies to reduce stress and anxiety. This can be attributed in the deep breathing exercises performed alongside holding various poses. Focused breathing, as taught in yoga, can help control the body and, most importantly to those with depression and anxiety issues, quiet the mind.

 

  • Improved Quality of LifeYoga, used in conjunction with an ongoing recovery program, leads to an overall improvement in quality of life. Through alternative therapies, like yoga, those in recovery can find a positive outlet that works for their unique needs in order to maintain sobriety.

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