Recovery Yoga: Break the Cycle of Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction has a way of sneaking up – ruining relationships, self-worth, and jobs along the way. Admitting you have a problem and seeking help is an admirable thing to do. Successfully breaking the cycle of addiction can be very difficult. It may be necessary to seek professional treatment so you can take accountability for your actions and learn healthier ways of living. When living in recovery for addiction, a structured sober living arrangement can work wonders for one’s ability to develop healthier habits.

Yoga for addiction recovery has been found to be an effective part of an addiction treatment plan. The benefits of a daily yoga practice are numerous. It’s an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety, in addition to offering huge benefits to muscles and joints. If you have recently cut some negative behavior patterns out of your life, and are looking to replace them with something positive – then recovery yoga IS for you!


Hatha Yoga for Addicts

Yoga should not be used by itself in the treatment of addictions, but as a complementary health practice – something to be used in addition to a conventional, 12-step addiction program.

Yoga for addiction recovery may be a foreign concept to those living in Western culture, but its popularity has actually doubled in the United States within the last 10 years. It is now used as part of some addiction treatment programs because it reduces drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and also gives addiction sufferers a coping mechanism to help them deal with the stresses of life. Additionally, yoga is great for practicing mindfulness.

There are different types of yoga, but hatha yoga is an incredibly effective type of yoga for addicts. Hatha yoga is the branch of yoga that concentrates on both mental well-being and the physical health through the use of breathing techniques, bodily postures, and meditation. The result is a healthy body, a peaceful mind, and clear thinking.


The Benefits of Recovery Yoga Include:

  • Self-awareness
  • Improvement in overall health
  • Emotional healing
  • Reduction in fatigue
  • Increased energy
  • Better sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Self-confidence boost
  • Healthier self-image
  • Low impact exercise
  • Healthier eating habits
  • Self-reflection
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Stress relief
  • Cultivation of self-discipline


Today’s Sober Living Communities

A sober living community allows people who have had similar experiences to live together in a home that prevents them from relapsing as they transition into a sober lifestyle. In early recovery, it can be difficult to make healthy choices. This type of living arrangement came along in the 1980s when halfway houses were invented to help inmates transition back into society. Successful as they have been, this early model of a sober living is minimalistic, offering not much more than three hot meals, a cot, and a set of rules.

In recent years, forward-thinking companies in the addiction recovery sphere have revamped the concept of the halfway house in order to offer participants a way to feel fully invested in getting themselves out of the cycle of addiction. This is done by offering dignity, tranquility, and hope during their recovery – using luxurious, fully-loaded, state-of-the-art sober living communities.


Things to Consider When Selecting a Sober Living Community

While organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) acknowledge that there is a connection between the body and the mind, they often do not emphasize the use of this connection in their treatment program. This leaves no coping mechanism for the addict once treatment is over.

Yoga is an Eastern health practice that uses the connection between the mind and the body. Couple Eastern yoga methods with Western psychology in an addiction treatment program and you have a powerful formula for successfully breaking free from your addiction and getting your life back on track!

Does such a place exist? Yes, it does!


Sober Living in Nashville, TN

NRhythm is a sober living community located in Nashville, TN. Our team of recovery professionals is passionate about helping men overcome addiction so that they are free to be the best versions of themselves. Our 16-bed facility is in the heart of West Nashville and offers fantastic amenities.

Imagine healing in a fully-equipped living room, eating great food that was prepared in a state-of-the art kitchen, and doing recovery yoga on a rooftop that gives you a fantastic view of the city! Contact us today to learn more about what our sober living community has to offer.

We are here to help those affected by Covid-19. If you need support during this time, book a teletherapy session or an online wellness check-in with us.

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