The regular practice of yoga is a component of recovery that many drug and alcohol treatment centers, including Magnolia Ranch Recovery, have found highly beneficial and have incorporated into our addiction recovery program. Yoga has demonstrated effectiveness both on a clinical level and on the level of individual experience, facilitating the calm, concentration, and peace of mind necessary to attain long-term recovery.
How Does Yoga Work?
Yoga is a practice that incorporates controlled and conscious breathing with a wide variety of physical postures to increase flexibility, improve concentration, and promote patience. It has proven exceedingly beneficial in addiction recovery programs as it strengthens control, which proves highly advantageous when an individual begins to experience cravings, loss of temper, or other co-occurring disorders such as insomnia.
How is Yoga Helpful?
Yoga fosters awareness of one’s body in a nurturing and calming way. It is important for addiction treatment patients to begin forming a close connection between mind and physical self as this deep respect for one’s physical being will help to reduce the disregard for personal health that characterizes substance abuse.
Residents will be taught to sit still and look within themselves which facilitates compassion, patience, and self-awareness. A newfound ability to calmly handle stressful situations will also lead to positive change and personal growth. As new coping strategies begin to form, steadiness of the mind and the body will begin to rapidly improve.