When it comes to overcoming addiction, Yoga is probably the last thing in your mind.
However, this age-old practice can be a medium for not only recovering from addiction, but also helps in the prevention of relapse.
You may be asking right, “what the hell does Yoga have to do my battle against addiction? Well, that is what this article is all about.
Yoga and Overcoming Addiction
Before we cover how yoga can actually help you recover from addiction, I still highly suggest that you consult with a trained professional. Even if you have no plans of undergoing professional treatment and you would rather DIY your addiction problem, a professional opinion can greatly help in terms of giving you a different perspective about your problem. Now that we have covered that, let’s start covering yoga as an addiction treatment.
First off, the word Yoga translates into “union”. Yoga is a practice that aims to unify your body, mind and spirit. In non-spiritual words, you could say that yoga combines meditation, proper breather and exercise. But what does have to do with my addiction? Let’s cover that in the next part.
The Root Problems
There are a lot of reasons why people tend to fall into addiction. However, in my opinion, the two biggest factors are “escape” and cravings.
Most people abuse alcohol and other substances because it’s a form of escape of their reality. For these people, their reality is simply too painful or not enjoyable, thus the needed escape. Then there is about the cravings.
One of the most difficult parts of treating addiction is the cravings. You can say that your mind and body is “wanting” the item that you are addicted. So how can Yoga help solve these problems?
Yoga And Inner Peace
A part of Yoga is all about inner peace and happiness. This is basically comes from the meditation part of Yoga.
While you are doing your Yoga poses, you are not just stretching. You are actually training your mind to be at peace. When you are at peace, you will have inner peace and happiness. This can have a major impact on the quality of life you have.
This is because you just solved the problems of your “shit reality”. When you achieve that, you will no longer need to “escape” by abusing substances.
Meditation can also bring you mindfulness. This means you are able to recognize your cravings when you have them and allow them to pass like clouds in the blue sky. Now let’s move to your cravings.
Yoga And Cravings
Yoga is also focuses on the body. This means that practicing Yoga, you will can increase that “feel good” mood and be more aware of your body. This can help you reduce the cravings.
Yoga will also release some of you unspent energy, which can help calm your body down. No restlessness means, lesser chances of abusing a substance.
For many, Yoga is all about stretching. However, it’s an art and practice that is so much more. It’s training for both the mind and body. When your body and mind is strong, you can identify addictive tendencies and allow them to pass.
Nevertheless, I still suggest that you consult with a professional before you try Yoga. Some scenarios may be too serious that even Yoga may have difficulty in helping.
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