Yoga is an ancient practice that encompasses breathing exercises, meditation, and specific physical poses and postures. The practice of yoga can improve harmony of the body, mind and spirit, which may prove to be incredibly beneficial to men and women attempting to recover from the damage done by their time in active addiction. There are many different types of yoga, and each provides an array of physical and mental health benefits. The goal of yoga is to improve well-being at many different levels. Physically, yoga provides many of the same benefits as other forms of exercise. Dr. Natalie Nevins, an osteopathic family physician, yoga instructor, and member of the American Osteopathic Association, explains “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.” Other physical benefits include; “increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, maintaining a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, and protection from injury.” Many men and women did major damage to their physical well-being as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, and yoga may be one of the most effective ways of promoting physical healing. The mental benefits of yoga can be particularly helpful to someone struggling with the disease of addiction. Yoga incorporates meditation and breathing techniques that provide stress relief, mental clarity, and calmness. Anxiety and fear are very common for a person in early sobriety, but by focusing on mental awareness in yoga, a person is better able to let go of their past and future worries. Yoga can also help with body-image issues and self-confidence. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Surveys have found that those who practiced yoga were more aware of their bodies than people who didn’t practice yoga. They were also more satisfied with and less critical of their bodies. For these reasons, yoga has become an integral part in the treatment of eating disorders and programs that promote positive body image and self-esteem.” Nearly every common problem that faces a person in early sobriety can be helped by the incorporation of yoga into their life.
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