In recent years Yoga has become very popular in the wider population, teaching people to embrace its healing powers in the treatment of anxiety, depression and addictions. Yoga is the ancient practice of bringing the mind and body closer together using meditation, breathing and exercise. Yoga treats both the physical and psychological side of the person.
People who are suffering from addiction can have low levels of the neurotransmitter such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the practice of yoga can increase these levels in the brain. With addictions, clients can feel out of control internally causing angry outbursts, feelings of anxiety and panic. Yoga requires discipline, and the practice of mindful breathing helps to curtail the reactive impulses which substance abusers often struggle with. Yoga postures and breathing exercises can be used anywhere anytime which empowers clients with coping skills they can use when a sponsor or therapist isn’t readily available. Through the use of exercise and breathing clients can learn to stay with and work through any uncomfortable feeling they may be having. Yoga can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, anytime and it increases the connection between mind, body and spirit which often becomes disconnected in addiction.