Implementing the use of yoga in clinical settings is a rapidly growing application, teaching people through their direct practice that they can be released from suffering impacted from substance abuse. At Enlightened Solutions, we have a spiritual space specifically designed for practicing yoga, meditation, and other healing arts.
We’re proud to offer our clients a mindful activity that can help them open up to yet another healing avenue of recovery, as they learn to explore the joy of yoga and meditation.
Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment
In recovery, a regular yoga practice can help people develop the discipline needed to succeed in 12 step programs, which are often used as the primary referral, in conjunction with treatment for many substance users. The mindfulness practices and the slow, controlled breathing methods taught in yoga are tools to help curb impulse control and stressful feelings – something with which substance abusers struggle. Benefits of yoga and meditation include:
- Feelings of calm and increased patience
- Healing of the mind, body, and spirit
- Release of muscle tension
- Relief from stress, anxiety, and depression
- Lowered heart rate, which lowers blood pressure
- Clarity in thought processes
- Learning to focus and be mindful of the body
Natural and Holistic Relief from Stress
Dedicated yoga practices empower our clients, providing them with real-world tools they can use on their own at any time, because yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are readily accessible when sometimes a support person isn’t. Instead of turning to addictive substances to change thoughts and reactions in certain situations, they can apply yoga to address their stress and unhappiness, and find inner peace in critical moments. As clients learn the proper practice of yoga, they begin to learn the difference between pain and discomfort, and how to manage discomfort instead of avoiding it. They can fully control their experiences by modifying asanas in ways that feel good for them, finding the most helpful ways to apply this therapy to their overall recovery .
Before we begin a yoga session, we check in with our bodies, addressing any pain or issues we might have so that nothing is blocking us from fully absorbing ourselves in our practice. We sit quietly for a few moments and concentrate on the stillness in the room. As we sit in silence, we practice clearing the mind and focusing on the current feeling within us. Quieting the mind is a skill that takes consistent meditation practice to perfect. In addiction, the mind is constantly teeming with impulses and plotting how to get to the drug of choice, because the mind and body have been trained to need substances. If we can learn to control our mind, we can practice meditation in our daily lives to reign in those destructive thoughts. Through meditation, clients learn patience and how to find calm even during their toughest moments.