At Royal Life Centers, we believe in incorporating a variety of therapies and holistic treatments into our guest’s individualized treatment plans. This gives our guest’s the best possible chance at success in recovery. That’s why we offer yoga therapy as one of the many services in our addiction treatment programs.
In order to understand if you can benefit from yoga therapy, it is important to take a closer look at what it is and how it can help those recovering from drug and alcohol use disorders.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga is an ancient practice that can be helpful for treating a wide range of mental and physical health conditions, including addiction. Yoga, which means “join,” is a Hindu series of exercises intended to promote tranquility, insight, and spirituality. During therapy, yoga exercises include:
- Posture and poses
- Gentle stretches
- Breathing exercises
During recovery from addiction, integrative yoga therapy promotes relaxation and stress relief. The goal is to help people become more aware of their thoughts and emotions so they can better cope with stressors in their environment.
Does Yoga Therapy Help In Addiction Recovery?
As a holistic healing approach, yoga uses a wide range of low-intensity exercises to promote physical and mental well-being. For people in addiction recovery, yoga can help to reduce cravings and manage difficult emotions. Due to yoga’s accessibility, it can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Yoga assists in the treatment of conditions such as:
- Chronic pain
Currently, yoga for therapy is an emerging field that is still largely unknown to the general public. As a result, there is a growing body of research exploring the role of yoga in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including addiction.
While holistic treatments are still making their way into addiction treatment settings, we are proud to continue supporting our guests with therapeutic yoga exercises. For years, we have firsthand feedback from guests expressing that they feel more relaxed, centered, and connected to their bodies and breath.
The Benefits of Yoga Therapy
One of the most important aspects of addiction treatment is finding healthy coping mechanisms to deal with triggers and stressful situations. For some people, traditional talk therapy is incredibly helpful. For others, medication can be a lifesaver. And for still others, integrative approaches like yoga therapy can make all the difference.
Yoga can also help people in addiction treatment by:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improving sleep quality
- Decreasing cravings
- Improving overall physical health
- Increasing self-esteem and self-compassion
People who struggle with addiction often have a hard time dealing with difficult emotions like sadness, anger, and anxiety. These emotions can be triggers that lead to substance abuse. Yoga therapy can help people learn how to cope with these emotions in a healthy way.
Addiction is a complex disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Royal Life Centers’ network of addiction treatment centers offers yoga therapy as one of the many integrative therapies we use to help our guests heal on all levels.
Royal's Holistic Approach to Yoga Therapy
At Royal Life Centers, we believe in taking an integrative approach to addiction treatment. This means that we address the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – in order to holistically heal from addiction. Royal Life Centers’ network of addiction treatment centers offers yoga therapy as one of the many integrative therapies we use to help our guests heal on all levels.
Our team of certified yoga therapists works with you individually or in a small group to create a safe and supportive space for healing. As with all of our therapy offerings, we make sure to tailor your yoga practices to meet your recovery needs.
We strongly believe that yoga therapy can be an effective complement to traditional therapies like individual counseling and group therapy. In addition, we also offer trauma-informed yoga therapy for those who have experienced trauma in their lives. Our yoga trauma therapy incorporates guided meditation techniques to encourage emotional catharsis during the sessions.
What to Expect in a Yoga Therapy Session
Yoga therapy sessions at Royal Life Centers are typically 60-90 minutes long and are conducted in a private room or small group setting. Yoga groups begin with a brief conversation between the guest(s) and the therapist. Within these discussions, you are welcome to share any concerns or questions you may have prior to the session.
Your therapist will then lead you through a series of gentle movements and stretches designed to improve flexibility, increase range of motion, and reduce stress. Your therapist may also incorporate breathwork or meditation into the session.
During each session, our highly trained yoga therapists work with you to address both the physical and psychological symptoms of addiction. For example, your therapist will offer modifications to postures and meditation techniques so that your experience meets your needs in recovery.
Currently, yoga therapy is an emerging field that is still largely unknown to the general public. As a result, there is a growing body of research exploring the role of yoga in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including addiction. Knowing that yoga focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection, this holistic practice can be incredibly beneficial for people struggling with addiction.
Recover From Addiction With Yoga
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, yoga as therapy may be able to help. Royal Life Centers offers yoga therapy as part of our comprehensive approach to addiction treatment. Contact us today to learn more about our program and how we can help you or your loved one achieve lasting sobriety.
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