The Mind Connection
Yoga is a physical exercise that is deeply interwoven with the mind and spirit. Over time, the mind becomes attuned to the movements of the body, and the connection between how we feel physically and emotionally comes together. Certain body movements can help open up the chest, clear the mind, and help us overcome physical ailments that impair our use of the body.
The mind connection with body movements, whether we notice it or not, forces us to remain focused on the present moment. During your one-on-one sessions with your therapist, mindfulness is an important practice to advance progress and positive self-reflection. Addiction can make the mind a scattered and unfocused place. Those affected by addiction suffer from hyperactive stress and anxiety conditions that can get in the way of recovery. An overactive mind tends to be hard on the individual because they focus on what others think of them, overanalyze social interactions, and key into many negative aspects of their lives. This could be at the core of addiction. More drugs are needed to cover the negative feelings, leading to more negative feelings, leading to more drugs, and so on. It is a vicious cycle. Yoga removes this detrimental thinking process.
Yoga will remind us that the way we engage in our mindful practice can become a model for our lives. Many of our clients that incorporate yoga into their addiction treatment notice a demonstrable elevation of mood. Mind-body connections build strength, confidence, and awareness within and outside of our yoga practice. As our moods change, so will our outlook on life after treatment. Positivity will flower and grow as we continue this practice.
Combining a 12-step program and a focused yoga practice can help us develop strength and confidence throughout our recovery. The more skills we gain, the more alternative ways we have to cope with life stressors outside of our rehabilitation program. When we understand our addiction, who we are as individuals, and the path of recovery we have committed to, relapse is less likely.
Clients that have developed communication skills and an awareness of their mind and body have a stronger base of support. These clients can iterate their struggle with their family members and friends; they are committed to their 12-step methods and know their boundaries. These clients are successful in relapse prevention and at The Villa, we promote therapies that will help them get there.
Recovery skills yoga can provide:
- Mind-body connection
- Meditative ability
- Lower stress levels naturally
- Reduce anxiety
- Tempers mood
Explore our variety of alternative therapies to build strength and confidence so that you too can be successful on your journey to recovery. Call to schedule an appointment with our intake team today at 1-818-639-7160.