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Holistic practices such as meditation, acupuncture, art therapy, massage therapy, and yoga have become widely used in addiction recovery treatment centers due to the many benefits they bring clients as they work to restore their mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is an therapeutic practice that provides many benefits, as emphasized by the American Osteopathic Association:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle tone and strength
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved immune system

Yoga utilizes postures of varying levels of difficulty to help individuals ground themselves and find connection with their bodies. Breathing is a main component of yoga, as the breath helps center a person and ground their thoughts. If you’re looking for a holistic practice that will give you many physical and mental benefits, yoga is an excellent choice.

A 2017 study published in the Asian Journal of Applied Science and Technology sought to explore the impact of yoga on those in early recovery from alcoholism. One hundred and twenty individuals participated, and results from the study showed that yoga in addition to other lifestyle factors predicted positive changes for those in recovery. A 2015 study published in the journal Substance Abuse, Treatment, and Prevention Policy identifies the following lifestyle factors as crucial to recovery success:

  • Having a solid support system
  • Having a safe place to stay that is conducive to one’s recovery
  • Being engaged in education, employment, and/or volunteering
  • Making improvements in interpersonal relationships
  • Improving health behaviors
  • Utilizing effective coping mechanisms

Yoga provides individuals with a means to achieve clarity and stability in life, but it is best utilized as an added component to addiction recovery. According to the Yoga Journal, nearly 20.4 million people in the United States practice yoga – alterations have even been made, such as 12-step yoga, which is tailored directly to those in addiction recovery. Twelve-step yoga is based similarly to 12-step programs such as AA, where individuals work through 12 steps to recovery whilst also practicing postures to engage their mind, body, and spirit.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about yoga and how you can incorporate this into your recovery treatment program.  

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