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Many of our Promises programs offer alternative healing approaches such as yoga. Yoga is a mindfulness practice that provides physical benefits and also helps clients stay grounded in the present moment, promoting a strong mind-body-spirit connection.

The Benefits of Yoga in Recovery

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It helps the practitioner create awareness, harmony and strength of mind. By focusing on breathing and specific physical movements, yoga can bring clients back to the present and minimize their vulnerability to craving and triggers. Yoga therapy restores balance and generates energy in the body – tools that can enhance inner awareness.

Other benefits of yoga include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Improved mood and focus
  • Stronger overall sense of well-being
  • Increased energy
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increase in overall muscle tone and strength
  • Better breathing control and efficient use of oxygen in the body
  • Improved heart health

While in treatment, clients making use of rehab yoga have reported fewer problems with insomnia and, with improved mental focus, have been able to be more active participants in their treatment. They also feel a positive mood change.

Yoga at Promises

Rehab yoga is designed to bring a loving awareness back to the body. With guidance from an experienced yoga instructor, clients learn how to align body, mind and intention as well as learn valuable coping mechanisms to draw from when they experience stress, triggers and anxiety.

Components of yoga therapy groups may include:

Pranayama (breath work) – focusing on breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety and to allow the mind to come into a calm space.

Beginner Guided Meditation – cultivating a meditation practice clients can take with them into the world such as traditional meditation techniques as well as specific meditations that cultivate self-love, empowerment and healing.

Physical Asana (physical postures/poses) – learning the fundamentals of a physical yoga practice, with poses that directly benefit certain afflictions of the body and the mind, including yoga specific to addiction, restorative practices and yoga for anxiety.

Recovery skills – In addition to being fun and relaxing, yoga therapy helps clients develop tools to handle stress and anxiety and to learn to be in tune with their bodies.

To learn more about Yoga, call 17135283709

Posted on June 28, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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