Yoga recovery is a tool that works in many ways to enhance recovery from whatever ails you. Do you know what it is? Yoga is one of six major schools of thought in Hinduism.  There are different yoga disciplines, practices and goals.  The postures in yoga are designed to keep the body fit and to still the mind through meditation.  Yoga poses may help you open your mind to new possibilities.  It empowers you physically and mentally.  Also, yoga may give you the physical tools to use towards your recovery. Yoga can be one of the activities in your recovery journey from addiction.

Here are 5 tips how yoga can help you with recovery:

1. Enhance Physical Strength

We don’t think strength workout when we think about yoga. Actually, yoga creates functional strength that can be translated to everyday activity such as bending over, sitting, lifting or standing.

2. Build Confidence

Do you want confidence? Do you want to be a magnet for wonderful people and good things?  Part of confidence is liking who you really are, and by practicing yoga you will build this love to yourself and your body.  By the mere fact that you go to a yoga class it shows that you care about yourself and that sends a positive message to your brain and the rest of the organs.

3. Rid of Toxins in your Body

By different twists, folds and sweating yoga poses may help you get rid of toxins in your body. By practicing yoga poses the cells in your body will be richer in oxygen, and nutrition will be carried out to them smoothly.

4. Calm the Mind

Meditation is another aspect of yoga. By meditating you learn to calm and quiet the chatter in your mind.  Letting the thoughts freeze at will.  It is a form of mental cleanse or a reset.  Keep the phones and other devices away from you when you meditate.

5. Increase Awareness

By breathing, which is a very important component of yoga, you become more aware. You may concentrate your awareness on your body, or your feelings at a given moment.  Give yourself a moment to focus on your senses through breathing in and out.

Suggested yoga poses:

Forearm Plank – It builds strength in the core and activates your solar plexus chakra.  Start with holding the pose for 10 seconds and build it up to a minute.

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Warrior II – After repeating this pose several times it will make you stronger.  When you hold the pose you learn to focus and concentrate.  Do you need some balance in your life?  This pose is also good for balance.

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Chair Pose – This yoga pose builds strength in the legs, thighs and abs.

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Seated Twist – Fold the knee, twist your upper body and turn your gaze.  Hold for a few breaths and do the other side.

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Now take out your mat and go to class!

If you need help to maintain recovery, or deal with addiction, check out Recovery Guidance for a free and safe resource to find professionals near you.


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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation.

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