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No matter what kinds of worries or stresses you have in your life, you can benefit from taking time to calm your body and your mind every day. Studies from top institutions like Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have found the practice of meditation to be helpful for health concerns from post-traumatic stress disorder to heart attacks. Relaxing and refocusing your body and your mind with meditation can regulate certain hormones and neurotransmitters that are known to raise blood pressure, trigger fight or flight responses and process emotions and memories. Even just a few minutes dedicated to decompressing with meditation every day can make a big difference in your long-term health. Over time, your body learns how to naturally release tension and respond to stressful situations in ways that do not negatively affect your mental and physical state.

For added benefits, yoga incorporates the calming introspection of meditation with body movement, improving your physical strength and flexibility alongside your mental and metabolic stability. Yoga can improve joint and muscle pain, posture, balance and muscle tone, leaving you more confident and energetic after every practice. From a holistic viewpoint, yoga and meditation are perfect additions to a health or treatment routine. They are simple exercises that can be done at your own pace, yet come with numerous benefits that make them well-suited for anyone who needs to add a sense of peace and mindfulness to their life.

Meditation and Yoga for Trauma and Mental Health Disorders

While the health benefits of meditation and yoga can apply to almost anyone, they can also be especially effective for those who have experienced trauma or emotional distress. The weight of fear, grief, anxiety or self-doubt can be challenging to manage without healthy ways to relieve the resulting stress and tension. For this reason, many survivors of trauma or other stressors turn to self-defeating behaviors in an attempt to mitigate the mental toll. Treating trauma-induced addiction, self-harm or compulsions requires replacing these self-defeating behaviors with healthier habits — meditation and yoga offer a method of release that comes with physical and mental health benefits rather than harms. You can learn to calm your mind and refocus your thoughts productively instead of simply ignoring or blocking them out.

Meditation and yoga are an essential part of a holistic approach to healing the disordered mind. Modern medicine increasingly shows that the mind and the body are closely linked — positivity, confidence and perceived happiness go hand-in-hand with energy levels, physical fitness and diet. Using meditation or yoga to achieve a more balanced state of mind can help you successfully manage a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety, and pairing it with physical activity like yoga can help boost your mood and outlook. Together, these practices can give you the self-assurance you need to take control of your mental well-being and begin your journey toward recovery with renewed strength.

Meditation and Yoga at The Guest House

As a treatment center with a focus on holistic healing, yoga and meditation are central to our programs. We encourage our guests to find time to quiet their minds, breathe mindfully and let the weight of the day fall away. Our yoga and meditation sessions are led by trained members of our staff who can ensure proper techniques while guiding participants through breath work and movement designed to be therapeutic. Our 52-acre estate includes sunlit rooms and outdoor spaces that are ideal for creating a sense of peace and calm during your practice. We also offer a groundbreaking meditative practice known as conscious connected breathwork for clients who are drawn to therapies that focus on inner strength and calming the subconscious mind.

For true holistic healing, we offer a range of therapeutic modalities alongside yoga and meditation. We aim to provide treatments that nurture our guests’ creative spirits as well as clinically-based therapies that target the brain and body. Our staff members are trained and qualified to guide our guests through each of our therapeutic modalities, ensuring comfort and safety every step of the way. Our programs include multiple carefully selected treatment options so that every guest who stays with us can find their own path to recovery that works with their needs and experiences. Some of our other therapies include:

  • Cinema therapy
  • Neuroimaging
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Psychodrama

Alongside our top-quality treatments and therapies, we are dedicated to providing our guests with our signature concierge-style amenities. We offer services including an in-house chef, housekeeping and a full-time residential staff, and we are always ready to help you feel comfortable and at home. We aim to be a safe space for our guests, focusing on creating a community of respect and open-mindedness so that your time with us will be a relaxing and productive stay on your journey to recovery.

Our Location

The Guest House is located in Silver Springs, Florida, on the outskirts of the scenic city of Ocala. Our programs focus on treating adult men and women who are struggling with self-defeating behaviors, particularly those brought on by trauma or emotional distress. We offer a haven for treatment away from the stresses and fears of daily life; our mission is to provide comfort, safety and privacy to all who enter our doors. If you are interested in learning more about our programs, or if you want to find out if they might be right for you or your loved one, contact our admissions team today.