Yoga and Addiction Recovery

admin May 27, 2016


Yoga and Addiction Recovery

At Silicon Beach Outpatient Center we take the approach of treating the entire person during recovery and this is done by treating the mind, body, and spirit. Our team of specialists are involved every step of the way with the ultimate goal of helping clients reach their highest level of mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.

Yoga is often taught in an addiction recovery setting as a whole-body approach to reconnect the mind, body, and spirit. As yoga continues to expand into main stream population researchers are learning more about how yoga affects us physiologically and how it serves those in recovery. Yoga can provide both a physical and mental calm allowing those practicing to release energy and center themselves both mentally and physically.

Below is a list of 4 yoga poses that are beneficial to those looking to incorporate a yoga practice into their recovery.

  1. Child’s pose also known as Balasana releases tension in the shoulders and spine while also relieving mental fatigue.
      For those pose begin by sitting on your feet with your tossed touching and heels separated. Gently lower your head to the floor in front of your knees. Place your hands, palms up, next to your feet. Fully relax the neck and shoulders. If needed, use bolsters for support under your torso or forehead if your lower back or hips are stiff.
  2. Legs-up-the-Wall-Pose also known as Viparita Karani is a pose that relaxes the legs and feet by relieving pressure.
      Sitting on the floor facing the wall with your buttocks as close to the wall as possible. Straighten your legs, or if you have tight hamstrings bend your knees slightly to move your buttocks away from the wall.
      For those pose begin by sitting on your feet with your tossed touching and heels separated. Gently lower your head to the floor in front of your knees. Place your hands, palms up, next to your feet. Fully relax the neck and shoulders. If needed, use bolsters for support under your torso or forehead if your lower back or hips are stiff.
  3. Savasana or Corpse Pose is a basic pose of relaxation often used at the end of a practice session. This pose relieves the body of tension while relaxing, rejuvenating and replenishing both the mind and body.
      Lie on your back with your eyes closed. Place your feet and legs slightly apart with your hands and arms a comfortably spread from your body with palms facing up. Lie absolutely still, close your eyes, begin taking deep breaths, while making sure your jaw is relaxed and slightly parted. Remain in this position for up to 20 minutes.
  4. Apanasana or Little Boat Hugging Knees is a pose that releases the lower back while lengthening the spine.
      Lie on your back and bring knees toward your chest while wrapping your arms around your knees and legs, hugging them toward you. Keep your chin slightly tucked to keep your neck long and on the floor.

Yoga is a relaxing exercise that can be extremely healing for both the mind and body. At Silicon Beach Outpatient we incorporate yoga as part of an individualized approach to addiction recovery therapy. For more information about Silicon Beach Outpatient and our addiction treatment program, please call 844.415.8198.

 

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