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International Yoga Day: Benefits of Yoga for Addiction Recovery


Happy International Yoga Day!

This year our drug and alcohol treatment center in Boca wants to emphasize the benefits of yoga for addiction recovery. Yoga is a mind and body practice that promotes physical, emotional, and psychological healing. There are different types of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, and more. While yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, it’s recently become a popular form of physical exercise based on poses that promote balance, strength-building, and well-being. Whether you’ve just completed a rehab program or have been sober for years, using yoga for addiction recovery can help you continue healing both mentally and physically.

What Is International Yoga Day?

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21, the Summer Solstice, and was first introduced in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the world of the importance of yoga for physical and mental health. By creating a day dedicated to yoga practices, the UN General Assembly was hoping to show individuals from all walks of life how beneficial yoga can be. International Yoga Day 2021 is on Monday, June 21, and will be recognized by over 177 countries.

Benefits of Yoga for Addiction Recovery

In 2018, 20.3 million Americans ages 12 and older struggled with addiction; 14.8 million of those had alcohol use disorders and 8.1 million had an illicit drug use disorder.1 There are numerous methods and rehab programs to treat substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders. Nowadays, addiction treatment has become more focused on helping the person rather than just the disorder. Yoga has become one of the many holistic approaches that incorporate a variety of methods to help achieve, sustain, and enhance long-term recovery.

At Banyan Treatment Centers Boca, yoga is one of several unique programs and therapies offered at our facility. Our team uses yoga as a complementary practice that’s often considered a natural form of treatment. It’s a beneficial practice because it works well alongside our other levels of care. Yoga also utilizes the individual’s mind and body without any added practices or tools, helping them develop physical and mental strength against addiction on their own.

Modern yoga takes traditional practices and adapts them to the individual’s needs. It uses various physical postures to connect the mind, body, and breath to build self-awareness and internal focus. For an individual in addiction recovery, increasing self-esteem, self-awareness, and mindfulness promote accountability and understanding the need for change and improvement.

There are several benefits of practicing yoga in addiction recovery, including:

  • Stress relief
  • Anxiety relief
  • Increased physical strength and stamina
  • Increased physical balance
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Development of mindfulness
  • Improved self-confidence and self-image
  • Improved sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved emotional balance and healing

At our facility, we use yoga in tandem with our residential drug treatment in Boca as well as with our other rehab programs to ensure that our patients’ every need is met. We understand that everyone is different and requires different methods of treatment to achieve recovery. If you’re battling addiction, Banyan Boca can help.

Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day

Whether this is your first International Yoga Day or your fifteenth, we’re sharing some fun ways you can celebrate this day on your own or with others. Below are some great International Yoga Day ideas that work for yoga enthusiasts of all skill levels.

  • Use resources like YouTube or yoga apps like Yoga For Beginners to watch beginner classes and follow along
  • Pick a new pose for June and practice it every day until you’ve mastered it
  • Take yoga classes with loved ones
  • Try partnered yoga poses with a spouse, friend, or family member (also a great way to practice yoga together)
  • Take 30 minutes out of your day to practice yoga
  • Read or watch documentaries to learn more about the history of yoga and why it’s practiced
  • Create a yoga plan for the rest of the year that you can follow

If you’re new to addiction recovery, yoga can not only help with healing but can also fill the gaps in your day that may otherwise lead to boredom or loneliness. Yoga is also a practice that can be done in a group with others, which gives you the opportunity to make new friends. If you’ve been sober for a few years, yoga is just another helpful tool you can incorporate into your routine to keep you on the right track.

Every road to recovery starts with the decision to get sober. If you or someone you know has a drug or alcohol problem, call our rehab center in Boca Raton today at 888-280-4763 to learn how we can help.

Alyssa who is the National Director of Digital Marketing, joined the Banyan team in 2016, bringing her five-plus years of experience. She has produced a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. Through strategic marketing campaign concepts, Alyssa has established Banyan as an industry leader and a national household name.

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