How We Integrate Yoga Therapy into Our Holistic Treatment Programs
The physical and mental health benefits from yoga have shown significant positive effects during your recovery.
From lowering blood pressure to increasing pain tolerance, there are a number of health benefits can all be discovered within your body using yoga therapy.
The Connection Between Yoga and Addiction
Yoga – a group of physical, mental and spiritual poses, disciplines and techniques – is a tremendous holistic tool to support clinical interventions for addictions.
Addiction therapy is all about teaching you how to quit your substance, manage additive cravings, avoid triggers, establish new coping mechanisms and develop a new, positive outlook. On the other hand, the ultimate goal of yoga is to be liberated, or moksha.
When healing addiction with yoga, you will elevate your recovery efforts and bring your understanding of full-body health and well-being full circle.
Reasons Yoga Can Be Powerful Tool in Recovery
Yoga teaches you how to practice mindfulness, controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation and mind, body and spirit realignment. Simultaneously, it empowers you to let go – of negativity, hurt, toxic relationships and harmful self-talk and self-perception.
Yoga is rooted in the art of self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-liberation, and – if practiced with an open, honest and vulnerable mind – can help you achieve improved health, true perspective and so much more.
How Yoga Therapy Benefits the Body in Addiction Treatment
- Improves blood pressure. A consistent yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body. These two exercises can help lower blood pressure.
- Slows pulse rate. A slower pulse rate indicates that your heart is strong enough to pump more blood with fewer beats. Regularly practicing yoga provides a lower pulse rate.
- Increases circulation. Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, skin, and brain.
- Lowers respiratory rate. Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga decreases the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better fitness.
- Results in cardiovascular endurance. A combination of lower heart rate and improved oxygenation to the body (both benefits of yoga) results in higher cardiovascular endurance.
- Improves gastrointestinal function. Gastrointestinal functions have been shown to improve in both men and women who practice yoga.
- Strengthens immune system. Yoga practice has frequently been correlated with a stronger immune system. Read this article for more on the immune system and yoga, including some poses that specifically work on areas of immunity.
- Increases pain tolerance. Pain tolerance is much higher among those who practice yoga regularly. In addition to pain tolerance, some instances of chronic pain, such as back pain, are lessened or eliminated through yoga (see below for more on back pain).
- Promotes a balanced metabolism. Having a balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism.
From all the previously stated benefits, your yoga practice will arrive you here: avoiding relapse.
Yoga can help you first acknowledge your emotions, cravings, triggers and impulsive desires, and then finally empower you to release these feelings before they claim power over you.
Choosing a Treatment Program with Integrated Yoga Therapy
If you have more questions about how we incorporate the practice of yoga, contact our admissions team at 877-997-8931. Or, contact us via our online form. We’re here to help you begin to live a healthier life. From the moment you start therapy, we will help you every step of the way. We have several amazing yoga studios in the area and can help you find your Shanti.