The Power of Connection: Yoga for Recovery
Human beings are inherently social creatures. We thrive when we are connected. When people experience disconnection, researchers have found there is a greater risk of turning to substances to fill that void and alleviate the experience of isolation, pain and distress. In addition, in the midst of a substance use disorder, people can become even further isolated as they become consumed and essentially controlled by the chemical and as result more neglectful of other relationships.
Social support has been recognized as vital in bringing people out of social isolation and enhancing their lifelong recovery. Few people, if any, recover from substance use disorders on their own, recovery supports have been prioritized in the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s guidelines since the 1950s. The value of connection is emphasized throughout the Twelve Steps of Alcoholic’s Anonymous.
The word “yoga” from Sanskrit (the ancient language that was first used to describe & share the practice) to English translates to “to yoke” or “to join”. So, it immediately implies how yoga facilitates connection. In our yoga programs we offer a chance for participants to connect to all the different aspects of what makes them unique including their: body, mind, breath, feelings, and even spirit while also sharing in the experience with others.
Our trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based programs in recovery treatment centers facilitate connection in many different ways, including:
- The way we form a circle with the yoga mats to practice collectively together,
- To how we often begin our Yoga For Recovery classes with introductions, as a chance to meet the other people in attendance and share insight into how everyone is doing,
- To the way we offer yoga poses by emphasizing the connection constantly to the breath,
- To our guided meditations that allow for connection to the present moment,
- To simply being able to offer a shared embodied experience with others in a non-judgemental, compassionate space.
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