If the idea of practicing yoga in rehab strikes you as odd, you should know that it’s becoming a widely practiced form of spiritual and physical exercise that is a proven method in aiding you during the recovery process. Many holistic drug and alcohol treatment centers such as Beachway encourage the practice of yoga.
Yoga is an ancient practice that helps you focus on the present moment by aligning body, spirit, and mind together. Through a series of poses, you become more mindful of your own body and surroundings.
The Benefits of Yoga During Rehab
- Physical. While you may feel stiff and sore after the initial sessions, your body becomes more limber over time and your muscles more toned. You may also notice an improvement in your balance. Yoga’s various poses also improve your body’s overall circulation which increases oxygen flow to the brain and in turn improves your mood.
- Emotional and spiritual. Yoga has an inherent calming effect on those that practice it. It encourages you to slow down and focus simply on your breath, and the “here and now.” It’s a time of quiet reflection void of distracting technology and environmental noise. Many people find inner peace with regular yoga sessions and build self-discipline and resilience.
- Stress-buster. Rehab and alcohol or drug detox are often an uncomfortable or even painful time filled with stress and anxiety. Through meditation and yoga, many recovering addicts experience reduced cravings and reduced stress.
Common Misconceptions of Yoga
Many people are wary of trying yoga as it was once perceived as a “hippie thing.” Luckily, the popularity of yoga is growing, and it’s now beginning to shed its old image and associated stigmas.
“You have to be flexible.” If you can barely touch your toes, no worries. Yoga is not about who’s the most flexible, but rather working towards going deeper into a pose or stretch over time at your own pace.
“It’s only for girls.” Absolutely not! Yoga today is practiced by men, women and children of all ages and walks of life.
“It’s so easy—how could it possibly help me?” Have you ever tried holding the pose downward dog for five minutes (while still breathing properly)? It’s no easy feat. While you may not necessarily work up the type of sweat after a long run in the park, yoga is still a beneficial form of exercise.
With dedication and regular practice, yoga is a healthy holistic exercise which you can continue enjoying long after rehab is completed. Setting aside just a few minutes a day can help you feel rejuvenated and relaxed.