With many holistic treatments available for depression, anxiety, and more, yoga is a popular choice. Yoga incorporates mind, body, and spirit practice into movement and meditation for individuals to ground themselves and recover from daily stressors. Recovery often includes medication, therapy, and support groups – but yoga can provide some excellent benefits as well. Here is a brief breakdown of how yoga can help someone through their recovery:

  • Yoga can help you reconnect with your body. Many poses involved in yoga, such as the child’s pose, squatting, and standing pose, all help a person get in tune to their body and feel grounded. This can especially help someone who has suffered from addiction, as most people who suffer from addiction feel disconnected from themselves.
  • Yoga can help with your circulation. Yoga poses lower your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease, and increases oxygen flow to the brain, which improves your mood.
  • Yoga can help you stay disciplined. Yoga requires discipline, as the body, mind, and spirit only improves if a person remains dedicated to the practice. Remaining constant in yoga helps you to stay dedicated in other aspects of life, and can even help you to stand firm in saying “no” to your addiction.
  • Yoga can provide you with inner peace. Yoga incorporates meditation, a practice that helps individuals overcome depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and other negative emotions. By practicing yoga, you are gifting yourself with the ability to see the present moment for what it is, and to see the bigger picture rather than being distracted by moment-to-moment occurrences.
  • Yoga can help you learn tools for your recovery. Yoga incorporates several breathing exercises, which can be very beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety and other related mental illnesses. The poses involved can be used at any time, not just for “yoga time”. A person feeling upset or unbalanced may wish to use these poses to help ground themselves.

Yoga can assist with many aspects of recovery, and this list represents only a few. Connection to mind, body, and spirit are essential components and by practicing yoga, we can increase our ability to cope with pain and enhance our connection with ourselves and a higher power. There are yoga and meditation centers, and some rehabilitation centers and gyms offer classes on yoga as well. By using our body through movement, we can work through much of the pain we are suffering from and be on our way to happier, healthier living.


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