May 26, 2014
When you leave treatment and begin the process of resuming your normal daily life and routine, the number one goal is to maintain your hard-earned sobriety. In the critical early stages of recovery, implementing a solid relapse prevention plan is absolutely necessary to maintain your health and overall wellness while keeping your recovery front and center. There are many tools in your proverbial “recovery tool belt” that can help you minimize the chances of relapse. One of the most popular tools that many people in recovery use to keep in great physical, emotional and spiritual shape is the practice of yoga.
What is Yoga and What is its’ Benefits in Recovery?
Yoga practice utilizes a combination of physical postures and controlled breathing that helps lengthen and strengthen the spine, increase flexibility and helps calm and center the mind. Yoga also helps to improve concentration and helps cultivate patience in those who practice. An excellent benefit of regular yoga practice is that is help those who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse handle the cravings urges to use drugs and alcohol and it helps even out the wide swings in emotion that are common early in recovery.
With regular practice, yoga will allow you to experience substantial physical and psychological benefits . Through the use of controlled breathing, clients can gain control of their thoughts and emotions and can help clients gain better physical control. In addition to gaining better physical control, regular yoga practice helps those who are recovering from substance abuse develop a strong spiritual foundation. Regular yoga practice provides an excellent complement to other components in a solid relapse prevention plan.
5 Effective Yoga Poses for Beginners
When you are ready to start a yoga program, you may think that you need excellent physical fitness in order to benefit from yoga practice. In reality, you will discover that yoga will provide great benefits in your life no matter your age, experience or fitness level. It is highly advisable that you seek the help of an experienced yoga instructor who can help create and individualized routine that takes into account your current physical fitness and limitations. Experienced instructors can draw from a wide range of disciplines to create a program that best fits your needs.
There are five yoga poses that are ideal for beginners, and once you master these poses you will experienced increased flexibility and are able to incorporate more advanced poses into your regular yoga routine. When you practice these basic yoga poses, be sure you are wearing clothing that allows freedom of movement and that you have adequate space. If you are able to get outside to practice these basic yoga poses, that is even better.
One of the most basic yoga poses for beginners is the dolphin pose. To execute this pose, come into a straight-arm plank with your wrists under your shoulders and your legs extended straight back. Keeping your hands in place, shift your hips up and back and be sure that you point your tailbone straight up to the ceiling as much as possible. Be sure to relax your head and draw your shoulders away from the ears. Press your chest toward thighs, spread hands wide and begin to engage your core. Hold this pose for a minimum of 10 deep breaths.
Another yoga poses that is great for beginners is the triangle pose. You start this pose by standing with your feet wider than hip-width. Be sure to turn your right toes out and left toes inward making a 45-degree angle. You want to be sure to keep your legs straight as your hinge at your hips toward the right leg. After you do that, draw your torso as far to the right as possible, maintaining length through your spine. Place right hand above or below the knee and extend left arm directly above shoulder. Spin right hip forward and left hip back. Gaze toward the floor to stretch the neck. As with the dolphin pose, hold the triangle pose for 10 deep breaths.
With the cobra pose, you want to start by lying face down on the floor with your hands flat and thumbs directly under your shoulders. You should be mindful that your legs should be extended back with the tops of your feet on the floor. From this position, you want to push your shoulders down and away from your ears and raise your chest toward the wall in front of you. You will know that you are executing the pose correctly if you feel a sense of tightness in your abdomen. Hold for 10 deep breaths.
In this beginner yoga pose, you will stand with your feet wider than hip length apart. Much like the triangle pose, you will position your right toes forward and left toes outward at a 45-degree angle. Bend your left knee so that your thigh comes parallel to the mat, and you need to be sure to straighten your right leg. Extend your arms directly out from your shoulders and follow the tips of your fingers with your eyes, and they should be facing straight ahead, hovering over your left thigh. As with the other poses, hold for 10 deep breaths on each side.
With the Warrior III pose, you will want to assume a lunge position and place your right foot forward while keeping the knee bent. Put your left leg straight back and push your hips forward to bring your torso parallel with the floor. You will then want to kick your left leg up slowly to hip-height forming a straight line from the top of your head to your toes. As with all poses, hold for 10 deep breaths on each side.
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