Some believe that yoga engages your entire being—spirit, mind and body. The practice encourages centering the mind, controlling body movements, and acknowledging the spiritual nature within. In today's fast-paced culture, the practice of yoga can bring discord back to harmony through healing and self-discovery.
Discovering How to Start a New Chapter
Physical habits of addiction often take over, even when one has a strong mental desire to begin a new chapter in life. This is true for addictions to food, drugs or alcohol. Yoga teaches meditation to join the body, mind, and spirit in unity. To meditate is to spend quiet time in thought for relaxation or religious purpose. While meditating, harmful thoughts or addictive desires may enter the mind. Rather than feeling guilt or satisfying these notions, one should simply acknowledge their presence and return thoughts to the breath. With short daily sessions of yoga with meditation, one can bring this mindfulness into everyday life, discovering how to deal with addictive thought patterns and begin a new, clean chapter in life.
Yoga as a Replacement
For anyone attempting to escape cycles of addiction, yoga is instrumental in bringing the body and mind into harmony after months or years of conflict. In addition, many yoga poses are simple to practice in a variety of locations. Whenever one is feeling the pull of an old addiction, they can turn to yoga instead as an outlet. Because yoga engages the mind, body, and spirit, it removes the ability to let the mind wander to what the body wants to do. The body follows the mind and spirit from one pose into the next. Many yoga poses change the normal pattern of blood flow in the body which can help awaken the mind and engage the senses.
Recovery through Yoga
The physical benefits of yoga are countless. One can set physical goals in yoga to master a new pose or hold a balance pose for a longer period of time. These physical goals engage the body as well as the mind as they are an exercise of mental determination and physical strength. Setting goals and achieving them can help one overcome addiction by proving that the body and mind can function without the addictive substance. Breaking physical and mental barriers through yoga validates that a person is more powerful than their addictions.
Acknowledging and Letting Go
The practice of meditation during yoga encourages one to deal with harmful thoughts or desires in a safe and supportive environment. A place yoga is practiced is one of healing rather than judgement. The guilt or depression associated with the addiction can be acknowledged and given away during yoga practice. Yoga is believed to not only help practitioners let go, but understand themselves better. This typically involves understanding the underlying causes of emotional pain, which a professional interventionist says is essential to achieving full sobriety and control over cravings. Letting go of negative feelings associated with addiction with a key step in letting go and beginning a new chapter in life.
Yoga provides the physical and mental tools to help one heal from addiction or a painful past. It provides an outlet for physical activity and a method to deal with mental barriers. Yoga is a clear path to a new chapter.