The adverse effects of addiction vary from person to person. As a result, addiction treatment programs should offer a wide array of addiction therapeutic approaches. Conventional therapy options, such as group therapy, may be cathartic for some but anxiety-inducing for others. 

At Alina Lodge in New Jersey, our team recognizes that people may need alternative forms of therapy in order to pursue recovery. One of our addiction therapy options is yoga therapy, which can be an effective tool in addiction treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, the yoga therapy program at Alina Lodge may be the choice needed to end dependence on drugs or alcohol. First, however, it is best to fully understand exactly what yoga therapy is.

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga TherapyYoga originated thousands of years ago in India as part of a meditation ritual. Now, modern forms of yoga are being incorporated into addiction recovery programs as a therapeutic method. Yoga is a form of holistic therapy that combines breathing exercises, physical postures, strength exercises, and the cultivation of mindful attention, sensory awareness, and intense concentration. 

Of these components, yoga’s cultivation of mindfulness and concentration are effective tools for sustained recovery. Mindfulness is the concept of being fully present and engaged in the moment. Also, mindfulness teaches people to be aware of their thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. When people are engaged in mindfulness, they are more self-aware and open-minded, which are qualities that can be extremely helpful in addiction recovery. The concentration aspect of yoga therapy gives people the focus that becomes a part of their sustained recovery. 

The yoga therapy program at Alina Lodge goes beyond a traditional yoga class that you may have experienced before. Yoga therapy combines psychotherapy and yoga to improve your mental, emotional, and health, as well as solidify your recovery. A typical session will usually incorporate: 

  • Yoga postures
  • Breathing exercises
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery 

Your addiction treatment specialist will help guide you through the process, so even if you’ve never tried yoga before, you can participate in yoga therapy. Yoga is meant to be used by all kinds of people, no matter their age or physical health. That is why the yoga therapy program at Alina Lodge is open to everyone in addiction treatment. If you are skeptical about the effectiveness of yoga as a holistic therapy approach, our team recommends that you try it once and see if it can be a useful part of your recovery process. 

How Is Yoga Therapy Beneficial?

Regular practice of yoga is known to contribute to optimal wellness and provides multiple benefits, both physical and emotional, including:

  • Improved impulse control
  • Stress relief 
  • Blood pressure reduction 
  • Less muscle tension
  • Reduced emotional distress
  • Generation of new neural connections in the brain

Research has also indicated that the use of yoga principles and poses can be an effective complementary therapeutic approach in addiction recovery. Thousands of people have added yoga therapy to their regimen to maintain recovery, enhance their focus, and improve mental or spiritual well-being. Our Alina Lodge team can help you determine whether our yoga therapy program is right for you.

Discover How Yoga Therapy Can Advance Your Recovery

Your addiction recovery plan should include whatever forms of therapy would be most effective for your needs. At Alina Lodge, our team provides a variety of addiction treatment therapy options, including yoga therapy. If you are interested in this holistic therapy option or have questions about any of our addiction therapy methods, reach out to our friendly staff today. You can contact us by calling 833.685.1700 or completing our secure online form.