Yoga is a popular exercise that is practiced all around the world – and it’s no surprise to see why. While there are lots of reasons why people practice yoga, accomplished yogis maintain that the ultimate reason to start is to increase personal satisfaction, mental clarity, and physical strength. The flexibility, physical endurance, and concentration of mind are just a few of yoga’s far-reaching benefits. Yoga is on the rise as a tool for addiction recovery because of its ability to keep the mind focused, the body present, and the intrusive or negative thoughts less powerful.
The brain is charged with lots of activity during the day, so it can be difficult to mentally unwind. Some people use different substances to achieve mental relaxation that blocks off life’s stresses. Yoga provides a more effective approach to managing stress without any of the attendant disadvantages that trail substance abuse. Health experts at Nootropics Expert advocate for a more yoga-conscious culture so as to avoid substance abuse in the quest to achieve mental relaxation.
“The brain requires self-awareness exercises from time to time, and yoga workouts provide the right balance for mind and body while taking attention off any addictions.”
Below are some reasons why yoga is highly recommended by addiction recovery experts:
Become Physically and Mentally Stronger
A toned physique as a result of weight loss is one of the main advantages of trying out intensive yoga poses such as Vinyasa, Hot Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. Even a few sessions a week of less intense yoga can improve endurance and general physical strength. However, the mental benefits of becoming a yogi can be felt almost instantly, especially in the fight against addiction. Even after just a few sessions of yoga, you’ll see noticeable changes to your focus, patience, and self-awareness. Gaining both physical and mental strength is beyond what a lot of exercises and sports offer, making yoga an exceptional coping tool for anyone on the road to recovery.
This kind of mental and physical strength training is ideal if you are preparing for a physical challenge like a trek. Use yoga to prepare you for the stresses of the challenge. I recently completed the Tour Du Mont Blanc with Salamander Adventures by booking one of their self-guided tours of Mont Blanc. It was the mental tonic I needed and the yoga was the foundation that allowed me to succeed.
Our minds and bodies are constantly under some form of pressure, and sometimes even home is no longer a stress-free safe haven. These types of environments enable distractions, negative thoughts, and a lean towards old stress-relieving habits. With yoga, you learn to block out distractions using breathing techniques that relax your mind. The beauty of yoga is that you’ll soon find yourself subconsciously applying these same breathing exercises while you’re at work or in an intense situation. The increased focus allows you to accomplish more, helping you to get rid of mental stress. You will also be able to stay calm even in the presence of typical stressors.
Our culture of digital dependency has crammed our heads with so much noise that it can be difficult to get those much needed zzz’s. Insomnia can lead to problems like heart conditions, a weak immune system, and obesity as well as a stronger propensity to rely on substances. Substance users that are on the mend can’t afford to become insomniac as it could trigger a relapse.
Sleep difficulty is often caused by an inability to relax, so yoga is the perfect antidote. Yogis tend to have a mind devoid of external distractions, making it easier for them to fall asleep. If you see yourself counting sheep once again, put down the phone, turn off the computer, and pick up a yoga mat.
The stretching and breathing that comes with yoga practice is important for better circulation. Proper circulation brings about lower blood pressures and reduces the chances of developing heart disease. It equally leads to an increase in oxygen flow to the brain and helps battle pre/post recovery depression by improving mood.
Learning to reject addiction is the aim of recovery but developing the self-discipline required to achieve this is a major challenge. Committing to yoga can help you develop the right level of discipline required to make it through recovery and stay sober forever.
Improve Overall Happiness
When you’re able to block out stress without the need for drugs or other substances, it’s hard not feel better, healthier, and happier. Yoga sustains this feeling by encouraging inner peace and giving you a boost of self-esteem without the need for drugs. With these qualities, you’ll easily become the shining light in any room once you are over the hard parts of recovery. It’s no news that people are drawn to positivity, so you’ll find yourself making more friends and feeling your most confident.