Discovering (or re-discovering) the deep and sacred connection to one’s body is an important stage as a person heals. The ideology of yoga is very astute in assisting the mind-body connection to become reestablished as it uses breath initiated movement. The practice allows the body to release areas of tension and stress while also providing more flexibility and stress reduction through both the physical poses and the breathing exercises. Yoga assists us in becoming more aware and present in our bodies.
The ancient practice of yoga has been called meditation in motion because it enables practitioners to achieve a calm, serene, conscious mindset while simultaneously strengthening and limbering the body. For individuals with drug addiction issues, the practice of yoga not only offers an immediate relief from stress, but also teaches principles of mindfulness, calm and balance that apply to life and recovery.
In the fundamental concept yoga and meditation, mindfulness is the process of being aware of one’s thoughts while suspending judgment of those thoughts. Yoga practitioners cultivate the practice of mindfulness, through breathing deliberately and concentrating on what is happening only in that moment — the thoughts, the movements and the positions.
Yoga is a nurturing and gentle aid in the recovery process from food addictions and trauma, as well as alcohol and drug addictions.