Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Making Yoga Part of Your Sober Living Plan

Improved posture. Stronger bones. Better immune function. Greater focus. Seems like every day there’s a new study about the numerous health benefits of yoga. Below we’ve highlighted a few ways this ancient practice can strengthen your mind, body, and spirit and help you better sustain recovery. 

Your body: Yoga is a great workout and can help you burn calories, ward off stress and even become a more conscious eater. This ancient practice has also been shown to promote better sleep — which means you’ll have more energy and be less stressed.

Your emotions: Internal resiliency and mindfulness are two skills cultivated by yoga — and they can both be useful in helping you stay steadfast in your recovery. Yoga can change the area of the brain responsible for self-awareness, compassion, and memory — and it can make you happier, too. One study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in “feel good” serotonin levels.

Your spirit: Even if you’re not religious, yoga can help you connect to a higher power and find inner strength and peace. And these skills can become invaluable in helping you stay on the sober path.

Your social skills: Especially if you practice yoga in a group or class setting, it can help you meet new people and develop new friendships with those who share similar values. Research shows that group yoga can keep stress at bay, too, by slowing down the mental loops of frustration, regret, anger, and fear.

Recovery Activities at HAUS Recovery
Yoga is ideal for all ages, all exercise levels and all stages of recovery. At HAUS, we organize group activities and outings every week, including yoga. To learn more about the joys of sober living in Santa Monica, call 888-551-4715.

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