Yoga and Meditation in Recovery
Many people are accustomed to relying on external factors to produce fulfillment; the world we live in today conditions us to believe that this is how happiness is attained. Yoga and mediation are two processes that teach us to find internal gratification through training the mind to take control of our consciousness.
The word yoga means “union”, representing the union of the soul and spirit. Essentially, it means to move towards an experiential reality where one knows the ultimate nature of the existence. The following four paths of yoga lead us to this goal:
- Karma yoga—the path of action.
- Bhakti Yoga—the path of devotion and love.
- Ghana Yoga—the path of wisdom.
- Raja Yoga—the “Royal Path” of Yoga; a combination of all paths.
Meditation is a practice often used to enhance spiritual connection and enlightenment. Essentially, it involves quitting the mind in order to concentrate on one specific though. It is easy to learn and can be done anywhere at any time. Research supports that meditation has positive affects on the recovering person, as it often reduces the cravings that may lead to relapse. Overall, meditation is effective because it rewires pathways in the brain, thus allowing for increase learning, memory, introspection, and self awareness. Headspace (headspace.com) an online meditation platform meant to teach people how to apply mindfulness to their everyday life in just minutes.
At Recovery Fusion, we recognize that addiction treatment is multitiered in which different approaches and pathways work for different individuals. Since many people in recovery have found yoga and meditation beneficial, especially in tandem with other programs of recovery, our Recovery Support Specialists often work with clients to navigate nearby yoga communities so that they can implement these practices to their daily routine. Below are 12 common benefits of both practices.
12 BENEFITS OF YOGA AND MEDITATION IN EARLY RECOVERY:
- Replace your artificial highs with natural highs and your unhealthy coping healthy coping mechanisms.
- Assist with sleep regulation.
- Reduce your reactiveness by allowing you to see that emotions are transitory in nature.
- Increase your ability to manage your stress and anxiety.
- Enhance your body’s ability to fight off disease.
- Increase your flexibility, muscle strength, and tone, thus reducing potential injury.
- Provide a sense of spirituality and community.
- Prevent depression by allowing you to become free of your usual negative thought patterns.
- Increase your awareness of your body.
- Increase your ability to deal with pain.
- Assist with weight reduction.
- Improve cardio and circulatory health.