Yoga in Addiction Treatment

Journey’s pioneering treatment program incorporates a number of alternative therapies designed to help clients develop inner awareness and establish a healthier lifestyle. Chief among these therapies is yoga, which has both spiritual and fitness benefits. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

Yoga has become so popular that by now pretty much everyone knows at least something about what yoga is and what it does.  But how can stretching and toning help with healing from addiction?

Yoga: Going Deeper

Yoga is a fabulous system for enhancing your health—mind, body and spirit. What has gotten a little bit lost along the way, however, is a deeper understanding of what yoga is. We all know about the trappings of yoga—yoga pants, yoga mats, yoga poses—but what is this system of exercise all about?

At its core, yoga is about experiencing profound peacefulness. The exercises you use to get there are both mental and physical. You know about the physical ones because you learn that in yoga classes; breathing exercises and physical postures that are meant to help prepare the body and mind for a deep sense of peace. The rest at the end of class, sometimes called “deep relaxation” and sometimes referred to as “savasana,” is a taste of this peacefulness, but the more you practice, the more this sense of calm and quiet joy fills the rest of your life. This sense of peace and calm is greatly needed in early recovery. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

Yoga is a system with eight major parts. The physical exercise you do in a yoga class is only one part. Two other parts (fully one-quarter of a complete yoga practice) involves integrating the yamas and niyamas into your life. Yamas and niyamas are basically a list of “dos and don’ts” – a code of conduct or a blueprint for living a good healthy life. There are 10 of them (think of them as the yoga Ten Commandments). Scaled down to a quick list, the Ten Commandments can be a little abstract, but as you read up on them, talk to teachers and explore how they work in your own life and recovery, they will become clearer.

The yamas are the “don’ts”:

  • Don’t harm any living thing (including yourself).
  • Don’t lie.
  • Don’t steal.
  • Practice moderation and self-control.
  • Don’t hoard or covet belongings – your own or anyone else’s.

The niyamas are the “dos”:

  • Take good care of yourself in all ways: mind, body, spirit and emotions.
  • Find peace and happiness along the way.
  • Be passionate about moving forward in your life; feel excited at just plain being alive.
  • Always pay attention to your own process and be ready to be self-critical in order to grow.
  • Do your best, always, in everything.

If you use these 10 guidelines as a code to live by, you will quickly see how nicely they dovetail with addiction recovery. They can help you grow and heal in recovery, and keep you not only abstinent, but happy and healthy in sobriety as well. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.