Yoga in Rehab

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps practitioners to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Practitioners of yoga will learn and practice many physical poses as a way to build strength, balance and mental focus, and the practice closely resembles its sister practice, meditation, in many ways. Individuals who practice yoga regularly experience a wide array of benefits, including a feeling of greater energy, situational flexibility, presence, clarity, peacefulness and even a respite from chronic pain and improvement to many serious medical conditions, such as depression and high blood pressure.

This discipline, which originated in India, has been practiced for thousands of years worldwide and has also been shown to be an especially useful practice for those suffering from addiction and entering the process of recovery. When combined with more traditional therapies and modalities, it can enhance and extend the benefits of those treatments. For this reason, Bayview Recovery incorporates yoga into its recovery programs as one vehicle that can help a wide variety of individuals complete their recovery and achieve long-term sobriety and wellness.

What does Yoga treat?

Because yoga helps to improve both the physical and psychological health of people who practice it, yoga can be especially helpful to those in recovery since it provides a reliable and healthy way for recovering addicts to feel good without drugs and alcohol and it also helps them manage triggers and other contributors to their addiction, such as depression, anxiety, stress which can help individuals stay sober long-term.

Yoga can help individuals cope with all of the following issues:

  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Past trauma

The Benefits of Yoga in Rehab

Yoga can be such a valuable part of addiction recovery and rehab because its benefits are so far-reaching, supporting a person in recovery’s physical, emotional, psychological and even spiritual health. Further, almost anyone can learn and practice yoga, regardless of their physical condition or athletic abilities, and since yoga requires very little equipment or space, it is extremely easy and convenient to maintain for most individuals to continue their practice. Some of the specific benefits of yoga include:

  • Helps users keep inner balance
  • Increases self-awareness and a sense of connectedness
  • Increases mental focus and clarity
  • Promotes flexibility and adaptability, physically and socially
  • Improves strength, balance and resiliency, physically and socially

Those in recovery can expect to have the greatest benefit when adding yoga to a comprehensive treatment program that may include medically-assisted detox, individual and group therapy as well as other holistic modalities, such as meditation or art therapy. Bayview Recovery strives to identify and provide the treatment modalities that best match the personality of each of our guests and which can offer the longest-lasting benefit to support an individual’s recovery after they have completed treatment.

How You Can Benefit From Yoga During Rehab

Many individuals turn to drugs because they want to feel good physically and emotionally. Yoga provides a healthy alternative to achieve both goals without drugs and alcohol. Yoga can also help your other treatments be more effective since, if you feel more focused, energized and peaceful, you will likely learn more and be better able to apply the strategies you learn from your other treatment modalities. Yoga can also help individuals manage co-occurring mental health disorders naturally and without medications to help further de-risk their recovery.

Yoga at Bayview Recovery

Bayview Recovery offers a comprehensive suite of treatment modalities to help as many people as possible overcome their addiction along with any co-occuring disorders they also may be experiencing. Yoga can be an effective modality for many individuals to foster long-term wellness by strengthening both the body and mind, and it can help extend the benefits of rehab and individual and group therapies. Call Bayview Recovery today at 888.570.7154 to learn more about yoga as well as our many other addiction recovery programs.