Yoga for Addiction Recovery
Create Balance in Your Life
Just as with addiction, yoga and meditation do not discriminate. Addiction doesn't ask for your age, gender, or race... but neither does yoga. The benefits of yoga and meditation can be made accessible for someone who can run or for someone who can barely stand.
Even if all that your body allows you to do is to sit and breathe with conscious awareness, you are practicing yoga!
There are multiple reasons for why someone decides to try out these practices. Whatever the reason is, they can provide you with an array of tools for improving health, self-regulation, destressing, and working through old patterns and tendencies.
Maybe what brought you to these practices isn’t what ultimately keeps you coming back for more. Whatever the case for you, it is encouraged to give it a try without expectations. See what comes up for you and explore whether there are tools you can gain for your self-improvement. The benefits will vary from person to person depending on your personal path of healing, dedication, which methods you decide to use, and how well they are suited to your specific situation at any given time.
Listed below are only a few of the highlights of the practices and some of the common benefits that can be achieved, and sometimes just from one session!
- Your practice is your own and will look different from person to person, and at various times of practice. As you become more comfortable with yourself in your practices, this can translate into your life, possibly in unexpected ways, such as embracing your personal lessons, tribulations, and successes, as well as creating long lasting positive health benefits over time.
- The body is benefited in various ways, from the potential to normalize blood pressure to helping release stress and discomfort, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- The practices give you the opportunity to experience yourself without judgment or expectation.
- They can promote improved focus and concentration.
- Practicing yoga techniques can improve your patience for yourself and others.
As we peel back the layers of our past experiences, we give ourselves the potential to move into a harmonious state within ourselves and with everything around us.
Veda's Relationship with Addiction
Like many people, Veda has been touched by addiction in various forms. She understands how habitual patterns can arise for people; she has experienced the grief of death from addiction-led choices; and she has people in her life that constantly inspire her through their ongoing recovery.
Her driving force for guiding clients through yoga and meditation during their recovery is due to her true belief that it works. Not only has she been able to mindfully embrace difficult situations in her life and process through her own personal habitual patterns, but, with the support of the tools that the path of yoga offers, she has seen it work for others.
She believes in giving the body time to heal by slowing down and being present with the breath. As the body heals, it gives the emotional and mental space for processing and decompressing on a physical and energetic level. Her goal is to support people in their individual paths of recovery by sharing with them the transformational gifts that yoga and meditation have to offer.
Mindfulness has become quite a popular word, but rightfully so... It is the process of actively witnessing yourself in each present moment. As you practice being more aware throughout your yoga and meditation practices, that awareness can weave into other parts of your life. This can set the foundation for supporting yourself in consciously responding to situations, experiences, and choices. It reinforces the idea of living one day at a time, even in desperate and dark days, it can remind us to live an hour or a breath at a time.
“Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment. Practicing mindfulness does not require that we go anywhere different. We can practice mindfulness in our room or on our way from one place to another. We can do very much the same things we always do—walking, sitting, working, eating, talking— except we do them with an awareness of what we are doing.”