We feel a regular yoga practice also helps people develop the discipline needed to succeed in 12-step programs
Cumberland Heights Yoga Practice
The practice of yoga therapy — applying yoga in clinical settings, ultimately teaching people to attend to direct experiences to be free from suffering caused by vrittis (fluctuations) of the mind — has been used for many years. Doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, and other clinicians are embracing the healing powers of yoga practice in clinical practice to treat everything from depression to food addiction to autism. Come learn about the body and mind practices of finding yourself experiencing emotions you’d forgotten during a Yoga pose as the numbness of active addiction begins to leave your body.
We feel a regular yoga practice also helps people develop the discipline needed to succeed in 12-step programs. The mindfulness practices taught in yoga and the slow, controlled breathing are tools to help curb impulse control, something which individuals with substance abuse issues tend to struggle with in early recovery. Yoga also takes advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is often the same characteristic that makes change so difficult. Depression, anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions activate the body’s nervous system in addition to emotional regions of the brain. The body eventually settles into these patterns, and even if the mind has insight, the body will continue to activate these physiological patterns unless this insight is embodied—literally. While traditional therapies work only with the mind, yoga works with the mind and body simultaneously, allowing for the embodiment of insights.