Yoga for Addiction

*These lessons can be one-on-one, small group, large group or for a special event. They can be taught at my house or yours as well as in a corporate office. Props for up to two people will be provided.

40 million americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction and cost the nation about $700 billion dollars annually[x]. Some addicts may be genetically vulnerable to developing this disorder, some may have deficiencies in their brain’s reward system. Depression, anxiety, stress and poor self-image can contribute as well. Whatever the case or cause may be, not one of you should have to suffer another day, week, month or year. Each and every single one of you has the power to overcome this crippling disorder and yoga can help you.

12-step programs are invaluable and crucial to the process of recovery but they are missing 3 important steps; body, breath and diet. Yoga is complementary to the 12-step program and addresses what has been left out of the complete circle to a full recovery, it supports your complete transformation. Addiction affects your endocrine system, nervous system and puts you in a constant state of fight-or-flight. You could be sober but still living in the residuals of that negative energy, physical pain or disease, stress and self-doubt.

YogiNest provides a safe place for you to relax with your thoughts and your body. Yoga techniques like detoxifying poses, breath control, restorative therapies and meditation, to name a few, are highly effective interventions. Being in a challenging pose is very similar to dealing with a challenging life situation. We commit to the pose, we connect with our breath and we breath deeply through the pose, connecting to and returning to the present moment. In working through the poses we learn precious problem solving skills like recognizing the problem, sitting with it and watching it wash over you like a wave. This practice gives you the opportunity to pause and consider your next steps before making destructive choices, such as relapse. It opens your mind and connects you to your body which releases you from becoming a prisoner to your thoughts and pain.

Instead of searching for a way to escape, which is the most common reason for substance abuse, yoga empowers you to find that inner state of mind, body and soul. For the first time in a long time you’ll be able to access a peaceful, self-forgiving and self-accepting  mind frame which will allow negative emotions a negative cravings to enter, to be observed, to be worked through but to never come into fruition. For the first time in a long time, the feeling will pass.

YogiNest invites your loved ones to join as well. This experience can be equally as challenging for you as it can be for them. Our loved ones are affected by our actions and can take on our pain and struggles causing stress, anxiety and depression. Group sessions can help them find inner peace, endurance and solace.  

YogiNest Techniques

  • Poses that are restorative, strengthening, require focus and alignment and detoxifying
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Meditation
  • Journal Writing Exercises
  • Classes with loved ones

How Yoga Can Help

  • Inner Strength
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-forgiveness
  • Self-esteem
  • Regulates and balances stress hormones like GABA, adrenaline and cortisol which are associated with anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance abuse
  • Calming and grounding