Among the many aids to overcoming substance abuse and addiction, exercise – and especially yoga – can be very effective. Replacing a counterproductive habit with a productive has shown to be useful in dealing with addiction.
The Benefits of Yoga
Most forms of exercise are beneficial in general, and especially when it comes to fighting substance abuse. Yoga in particular supports and provides strength in the ongoing evolution of self. Yoga is able to nurture the body in a supportive and gentle yet substantial way. More than merely physical exercise, yoga is a type of psychology that starts with the physical body, and ultimately affects the entire person, inside and out. Becoming more attuned to one’s body, the universe expands – you feel more expansive in body and spirit. Through the practice of yoga, appreciation for the body and its abilities is harnessed. There is a sense of inner serenity that accompanies the strengthening of the mind/body connection.
Yoga creates a sense of reconnection; in fact, the word itself translates to unity – the unity of body, mind, and spirit that lends a sense of completion that we spend our lives searching for. Yoga inspires and nurtures many positive feelings: a sense of being part of something larger than ourselves, a sense of awareness, peace, acceptance, confidence, being present, being a part of something meaningful and true. It feels like a rediscovery of self – finding once again something that was always there but had been lost along the way.
Yoga can be beneficial in the following ways:
- Strength building
- Increased sense of peace, self awareness, and self-compassion; decreased anxiety.
- Increased flexibility, range of motion, poise, balance and cardiovascular conditioning
- Stress management
- Better posture
- Weight Management
Most of the benefits of yoga could prove to be helpful in the battle against drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t hurt to try it!