The Power of Yoga

Being the best you that you can be is tough when the odds are stacked against you. Plain and simple: life isn’t fair- but y

May 19

Being the best you that you can be is tough when the odds are stacked against you. Plain and simple: life isn’t fair- but you knew that already. Then again, what is fair? Fair isn’t about everybody having the same thing, but more so having what you need to get by- that’s fair. Everybody’s advantages and disadvantages in life will vary person to person, but the things we can do to better our lives can have that common denominator were all looking for.

Yoga is one of those little common denominators with enormous benefits pertaining to our health and sanity. This holistic approach thrown into addiction treatment services has proven more powerful than the traditional methods used entirely by themselves. The adjunct form of therapy has proven more than effective for many in recovery or addiction treatment. Available at Pasadena Recovery Center, there are numerous reasons why yoga has proven time and time again to be a powerful tool in the battle against addiction.

Internal Medicine for the Mind

When bringing yoga into your life, it’s of utter significance to understand what it is we’re reaping from it. The flexible art form is a known form of mindfulness. Mindfulness can be described as “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the moment”. This essentially means taking the time to focus on the relationship with self and others. It’s a time to be introspective and to just listen to the gears turning round and round upstairs- while stretching the muscles of the mind and body. Doing so opens up the doors for this self-medicine to actually heal the mind and body believe it or not.

For starters, yoga will help reduce depression, anxiety, and stress in large numbers. It is scientifically proven as a matter of fact, that yoga can reduce stress significantly to the point where it builds protective tissue around axons in the brain to help against the outside forces. It can also in turn increase self-esteem and thus lower the various mentalities that plague us over time such as depression and anxiety.

Tranquil Remedies for the Body

Practicing yoga in sobriety will open up a path for knowledge and learning without question, but the physical aspects gained thru yoga are just as important. Yoga will reduce stress and in turn make your life that much more relaxing. When we significantly lower the amount of stress being induced on the mind, the body, in turn, will loosen up from its rigid state. A large portion of people don’t realize the damage stress and over analyzed worries can cause upon our structure.

Stress gets swallowed up all day long and literally poisons the body. Stress and anxiety ridden emotions can, in turn, cause bile to build up and can be very detrimental to the individual. Alleviating some of this can, in turn, prevent stress eating, acne, cramps, and overall the emotional pessimism more than likely being experienced. Yoga can be looked at as a stretching of the mind and body. Practicing such exercises will loosen the tight hold we have on stressors and give the body an overall new feeling to work with.

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The Mind Body Connection that Follows

While addiction serves to disconnect the mind/body connection, yoga in sobriety restores that relationship in a profound way. As you learn to focus on specific areas of the body during your exercises, you tune into the way your body is functioning and areas that are not working as well. Through yoga, you can retrain your mind to focus, improving your ability to complete tasks as well as care for your body properly.

There is a plethora of ways that yoga can augment your recovery process. For many, it becomes a secret ingredient to maintaining their sobriety- or their sanity at the very least. Benefits of incorporating yoga into your recovery blueprint can include:

  • Yoga teaches you to take command of your body through postures and meditation. This triggers the relaxation response that lowers blood pressure and heart rate. The process also lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which offers numerous health benefits for the mind and the body.
  • Self-discipline is not something most people in recovery can master easily, but yoga facilitates the process as you adhere to a workout schedule that puts structure in your days and weeks.
  • Low self-esteem is a common challenge of those that struggle with addiction and often one of the primary reasons behind relapse. Yoga teaches participants to take responsibility for their actions, which is a first step in overcoming low self-esteem. In addition, the ability to push through even the toughest sessions and to see the positive results of those workouts increases your self-confidence over time.
  • Addiction becomes a world completely centered on drugs or alcohol. Yoga takes you out of that world more efficiently than many other adjunct treatment methods by helping you first reconnect with your body and then with the world around you.
  • Yoga is one of the best ways to learn the fine art of focus, allowing you to be present in your daily activities once again. Instead of focusing on the next time you will drink or use, you are concentrated on each breath and each movement of the body. From there, you will find you can be more connected to those people and activities in your life that had been put aside because of your addiction.

Yoga at Pasadena Recovery Center

Addiction is a demon that can never be cured but more so treated. Asking for help and practicing things like yoga can be the difference between success and failure in the recovery process. Pasadena Recovery Center offers a full schedule of both traditional and adjunct treatments to give our clients every opportunity to embrace sobriety and enjoy long-term recovery. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

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