What is Yoga?
Yoga is a physical practice, which involves both a mental and physical focus. ‘Yoga’ means ‘yoke’ in Sanskrit, which alludes to the unison of mind, body and spirit.
Rooted in both Hinduism and Buddhism, yoga can be traced back to the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, and historically has great religious significance for many. Various studies have been conducted to try and determine how much yoga can aid recovery from various physical and mental conditions, and many believe it’s excellent method for maintaining general physical health.
There are lots of different varieties of yoga, some more suitable for beginners and some more challenging. Positions and moves flow into each other, so with regular practice, many can find they memorise a series of positions quite easily.
Yoga encourages people to focus on their breathing while completing a variety of rhythmic physical exercises and stretches, exhaling and inhaling at various points.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
Yoga has both physical and mental benefits, and was traditionally developed as a spiritual practice. Many athletes from a variety of different disciplines, from American football to wrestling, cite yoga as an essential part of their training.
Lowers blood pressure and improves heart health
Weight control and cardio: Many addiction sufferers come to us underweight and malnourished, so begin to put weight on when their diet improves. For some, it’s helpful to begin exercising alongside this to control weight gain and speed up their metabolism again.
Yoga and addiction recovery
Stress, anxiety, depression – these are all common during addiction recovery. The combination of being without a substance that has been a crutch for so long, and the physical and mental challenges clients experience can be very difficult to cope with.
Along with balanced, healthy meals and plenty of opportunities to exercise, we encourage the practice of yoga within our facility, and facilitate regular classes. It tackles the negative feelings and emotions that many feel during addiction recovery, and it provides a positive focus. When practiced every day, our clients find themselves mentally focusing both before, during and after their practice, minimizing stress and anxiety throughout the day.