Most people know yoga as an up-and-coming type of exercise that improves strength and focus without being extremely physically taxing. Because of its focus on the connection between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of an individual, it is appropriate for use in most drag addiction rehab facilities. It can be practiced during rehab, and most forms can be used at home following a rehab stay to deal with the stressors that crop up after a person returns to the everyday world.

What Is Yoga?

Yoga is originally a Hindu discipline that melds breathing, medication and posture to focus the body and mind. Today, while some people practice it as part of a spiritual discipline, it is mainly used as a wonderful form of exercise that promotes mind-body connection and an emphasis on calming the thoughts. It promotes bone, muscle and joint strength as well as flexibility. There are a variety of types of yoga, including Hatha, Ashtanga and the somewhat cardio-driven Vinyasa option in which postures flow together much like a dance.

Physical Benefits of Yoga

As previously mentioned, yoga improves strength and flexibility and can create a long, lean look. It can be used for weight loss as well as for improved energy. As the body gets stronger, the individual will also experience increased protection from injuries. Other physical benefits include improved balance and metabolism as well as a healthier heart and lungs.

Mental Benefits of Yoga

Because of the mental and spiritual connection that yoga boasts, the practice offers several additional benefits, which can be vital for recovering addicts. As the mind begins to quiet and the person begins to practice free-flowing thoughts, he or she will feel less stress and more body awareness. This is important for addicts who often feel uncomfortable in their own skin and who feel increased anxiety during the withdrawal period.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]After a recovering addict leaves rehab, he or she can use yoga to control impulses, decrease the stress that normally would have led to using drugs or alcohol and improve mood. At First Step, we use a variety of treatments to ensure that individuals feel completely supported throughout the recovery process. We use group counseling, medications, exercise and more depending on the individual. As a person becomes more mindful of his or her thought processes and bodily responses, the individual can begin to act in a healthier way.[/su_note]