Yoga and Addiction Recovery

Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and branch of philosophy. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke, join, or unite. Many individuals recovering from addiction feel they’ve lost touch with how their minds and bodies feel, because addiction serves as a way to numb and disconnect you from your mind and body. Many studies have observed the effect of yoga and meditation on the fight-or-flight response, which is the body’s natural reaction to stressful and life-threatening situations. While this response is a survival mechanism, intended to save you from immediate physical danger (such as being attacked by a wild animal), it can also be experienced when you encounter physical stress, such as toxic relationships, or the hardships of entering recovery.

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