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Yoga Therapy

Yoga has endured through centuries as a positive form of movement, meditation and physical fitness using yoga postures, breathing exercises, guided imagery and meditation to promote optimum health. As a therapy, yoga uses these same elements along with those of physical therapy and psychotherapy.

When included within a comprehensive treatment plan of multiple evidence-based therapies, yoga therapy provides:

  • Reduction of symptoms related to suffering
  • Management of symptoms of stress or suffering that cannot be reduced
  • Help in determination of causes of personal issues
  • Improvement of daily life functioning
  • Adjustment of attitude and perspective in regard to daily challenges of life
  • Stress relief
  • Physical fitness
  • Improvement of overall wellness

How Yoga Therapy Helps in Addiction Treatment

Yoga therapy is used for the treatment of physical and mental health issues, just as it is widely used for addiction treatment. This form of therapy can be extended independently beyond the therapy setting for self-care in prevention of relapse and maintenance of addiction recovery.

Individuals suffering from depression and anxiety have long been known to benefit from yoga. According to the Primary Care Companion for Central Nervous System Disorders, posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and other mental conditions also benefit from therapeutic yoga practice.

A 2012 Social Work Today magazine article referred to yoga as an emerging and effective treatment for substance abuse. Parts of the body and mind susceptible to addiction are beneficially impacted by yoga and meditation. One example of this benefit is that the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is statistically deficient in people suffering from substance abuse, depression and anxiety. But GABA has been found to increase during and after yoga practice.

Mental health and emotional stability also benefit from regular practice of yoga. This is because the physical movement and meditation concentrates on integration of mind and body, also an important focus of addiction treatment.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Addiction

There are a wide variety of means for using yoga in a therapeutic setting, such as for people in addiction treatment. Therapy using yoga can seem more like physical therapy, psychotherapy or rehabilitative therapy at times. This is typically different than standard yoga classes, in that therapy use is often in individual treatment or small group settings.

One of the best aspects of using yoga for addiction recovery is that it can be used by people of all ages and levels of physical fitness. Using yoga, patients experience great benefits they can feel and see, such as:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement psychological well-being
  • More efficient body functioning
  • Greater flexibility and physical fitness
  • Greater mindfulness

An initial yoga assessment is usually the first step for therapy. That assessment will accomplish several goals. Those goals include:

  • Identification of health problems
  • Determination of physical and lifestyle capability
  • Awareness of reasons for therapy being needed and useful
  • Development of a treatment plan

Once this assessment is completed and a treatment plan for the therapy sessions is developed, subsequent sessions will integrate some or all of the following components:

  • Breathing exercises ranging from those meant to create energy to those meant to stabilize or balance
  • Physical movements and postures
  • Guided imagery to calm the body and mind
  • At-home assignments for using yoga independently

Yoga Therapy at Recovery In Motion

Recovery In Motion is a residential treatment program offering affordable yet comprehensive care for recovery from substance abuse. Treatment plans include a wide array of evidence-based therapies, including yoga therapy, music therapy and art therapy alongside cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counseling, group therapy and 12-step program participation. Together, all of these treatment modalities enable a strong, healthy and productive future of recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.

Call Recovery In Motion now at 866-849-0901 to learn more about our 90-day programs including yoga and other therapies for freedom from addiction. Don’t wait – beds are available now – start your recovery today with Recovery in Motion.