Techniques Utilized in Our Yoga Therapy Program
Our Yoga Therapy sessions incorporate several useful techniques, from deep breathing to guided imagery. All of these techniques have proven beneficial in the context of substance use and mental health recovery.
When you experience stress, tension is stored throughout the physical body, leading to headaches, fatigue, and chronic pain. Hatha Yoga (the physical practice of moving through different yoga postures) helps alleviate this tension, improving overall well-being. Hatha yoga varies from a fast-paced workout to slow, meditative stretching.
Breathwork, also known as pranayama, helps clients effectively work through high-stress situations. Learning to regulate the breath can be an extremely beneficial relapse prevention technique, as well.
In some instances, racing thoughts and morbid reflection can lead to a heightened emotional state that might eventually lead to relapse. The ability to tap into a meditative state and quiet the mind can be extremely beneficial to those who are new to sobriety. In yoga, clients are often guided through a brief meditation at the end of their practice (during savasana). Yoga Nidra is a slow-paced practice that is typically interwoven with opportunities for meditation.
In Yoga Therapy clients learn about the undeniable connection between their physical bodies and their minds. They learn how negative thought patterns can lead to physical ailments, and how failing to exercise or eat well can negatively impact mental health. Yoga focuses on strengthening the relationship between the mind and the body.