Millions of people all over the world struggle with addiction and often self medicate as a way to cope with the stresses of life. Since chemical dependency can have terrible consequences, there is a great need for effective treatment to help people deal with stress, anxiety, and temptations to use. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga are being coupled with other therapies and treatments to help maintain a healthy, sober life. Studies show that yoga is beneficial in maintaining wellness because it is a proven stress reliever.
Stress is a part of every individual’s life. Many people often turn to drugs or other substances as a coping mechanism to this bodily response. When people experience stress they are more likely to relapse. By incorporating yoga into your wellness routine you can lower blood pressure and promote the release of endorphins. The benefit of endorphins is that they are the body’s natural pain killer. They can help ease aches, pains, and calm inflammation. Endorphins improve symptoms of depression and personal self-esteem. All of these benefits help stressed and anxious people in feeling better. Yoga allows a person to be positive, grounded in their identity, and express gratitude for where they are in that moment in time. It provides the strength to resist the temptation of relapse and cravings.
The practice of yoga has four areas that can help those struggling with chemical dependency: breathing, flow, restoration and meditation. The breathing exercises in yoga help to get more oxygen into the body. Breathing exercises promote healing, help people feel more “centered” and “in control.” These types of exercises also help to calm the body and mind. Practicing a series of poses can help an individual feel more connected with their lives. It can help them begin and end each day with a sense of purpose.
Yoga helps establish a connectedness to self and body. Having this sense of connection makes you more willing to commit to self care. By performing restorative poses in yoga, one can stretch out the tensions that are carried in the body. This allows for total relaxation from stress. When yoga is combined with counseling, support groups, and healthy nutrition, it is very beneficial. Those struggling with chemical dependency can maintain lifelong wellness in a safe and natural way. New Directions for Women is a drug and alcohol treatment facility that focuses on every element of recovery. We have learned to deal with the physical, spiritual, and psychological effects of addiction. We provide a holistic approach to treatment and have almost four decades of experience. We offer weekly yoga classes on our campus, facilitated by Ethan Hedayat, and have also had Mommy & Me Yoga offered on our campus for our women with their children. Overcoming addiction is not easy but it is possible. New Directions for Women is a treatment that offers help to women, pregnant women, women with children and families who desire a similar result. Our caring admissions counselors are available 24/7 to take your call and answer any questions you may have on getting help. Reach us by phone at 800-93-WOMEN. We can help. Stay in the loop with New Directions for Women by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.