Yoga is an ancient art form originating in India. Yoga involves the use of mediation, poses and breathing patterns. Today, it has spread the world over and is often used as an alternative to orthodox medicine.
Yoga is philosophical and tends to blend the soul, body and spirit through conscious meditation, poses, breathing and exercise. This harmony enhances the hormones and induces a sense of wellbeing and healing into the individual. Yoga covers a wide array of poses and actions which can include sitting down, lying down, standing, face backward, face forward, arms stretched, feet touching etc. Naturally all yoga practices are carried out with a high level of meditative concentration.
These different poses are all geared towards envoking a perfect state of mind, wellbeing and healing. Yoga brings a sense of harmony to the soul body and spirit which is a first step to healing. These yoga actions act as rejuvenators of the hormonal system whereby ensuring a balance in the body system hormonal discharge.
Addiction can be an unhealthy and an excessive desire for anything. It can be drugs, sex, alcohol etc etc. But once the sufferer does not have control over his emotions and desire, that thing becomes his addiction. Addiction to drugs, alcohol and sex etc has great harmful effects on the dependant; it can develop into antisocial behavior, and degenerate into dementia and eventual death.
The withdrawal symptoms from most addictive substances can have a profound affect on the user. The victim or addict will generally always need another dose of the drug to overcome the withdrawal symptoms which range from aggression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable headaches, seizures, dementia and in some cases even death.
Orthodox addiction remedies vary from person to person often confining the victim to a drug rehabilitation center. Here the victim is kept under check and administered with various depressants. Many of us believe that such medication has dangerous side effects. One common treatment used to ease an addict off addiction is the administration of artificial methadone. The drug is meant to give similar euphoric abilities of the drugs of addiction but without the resultant withdrawal syndromes and dangerous side effects.
Whilst yoga has proven to help in the long term recovery of addictive behaviour it is unlikely to do it on its own. Both yoga and meditation combined, are great tools to help aid recovery, however it oftens takes more to live a long term sober life. Included in the other tools that help aid recovery is completing a “12 Step” program – which has worked for me and many others around the globe.
ii. Yoga is undoubtedly an art form and it has a spiritual force that brings about a positive self consciousness. This takes one into another places and offers an inner peace. This inner peace eradicates the urge for unhealthy behavior and cravings which can include addictive substances.
iii. Yoga poses and exercises balances the hormonal system whereby bringing into harmony the functionality of the hormones. This eradicates unhealthy behavioral patterns and addictions.
Benefits of Yoga Therapy.
The overall benefits of practicing yoga for a person’s wellbeing to help aid addiction recovery are enormous. They range from the healthy and natural recovery process to integration.
i. Recovery by the use of yoga poses and exercises involves a total recovery of the soul, body and spirit. Yoga harmonizes the soul body and spirit, bringing them to work in perfect balance and harmony.
ii. Yoga does not involve the use of drugs or any other form of medication.
iii. Yoga can be practised anywhere. From the convenience of the home in a yoga studio or on a sober waters retreat.