As you recall, I’m addressing only the physical poses of yoga since many in the Western world associate yoga with simply the poses. The truth is there are eight limbs of yoga, and the physical poses are only one of the eight limbs.
Nevertheless, let’s continue discussing the benefits of yoga and how it helps those in recovery.
There are circulation benefits. Increased circulation lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of developing heart disease.
It improves oxygen flow to the brain, which helps you think more clearly, as well as boosts your mood. Anything that boosts your mood is important in recovery because depression is common.
There are emotional benefits. Yoga creates peace of mind. I don’t know one person who doesn’t develop peace of mind from practicing yoga.
This mind state grants access to new and improved coping skills, on and off the mat. For example, instead of turning towards food or drugs, you can turn to your breath as you drop into a yoga pose or two.
There are self-discipline benefits. Saying “no” to your drug of choice can be difficult. However, saying “yes” to a regular practice of yoga helps you develop a practice of self-discipline that you can carry over into your recovery.
There are inner peace benefits. Yoga is a spiritual practice that goes above and beyond the bounds of any religion and can be used to enhance the inner peace of any particular belief system. Yoga is a tool of enhancement of positive vibrations.
If you’ve never practiced yoga before, do you think it would benefit you in recovery? Tell me below.
If you have practiced yoga before, do you think practicing more regularly would benefit you in recovery? Tell me below.