YOGA FOR RECOVERY
- Yoga reduces anxiety, stress, depression, anger and fear
- Improves flexibility, balance and strength
- Increases restful sleep, provides relaxation and increased energy
- Cleanses the body and mind through the removal of toxins and negative thoughts
- Connects the body with the mind and the heart to better manage impulses and cravings
It is estimated that one in three Americans suffer from some form of addiction. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease of the brain; characterized by an inability to abstain or control cravings, a failure to recognize problems with behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other psychological disorders, such as depression, drug and alcohol addiction are common problems that can persist for many years with alternating periods of remission and relapse. The ongoing risk of relapse creates a critical need for providing tools, such as yoga and mindfulness, to help maintain sobriety throughout the years-long recovery process.
Growing research suggests that the skills, insights, and self-awareness learned through yoga and mindfulness practice are useful complementary therapies for treating addiction. Regular yoga practice promotes strength, endurance, flexibility and builds compassion, and greater self-control, while providing a sense of calm and well-being. An ongoing yoga practice can also lead to changes in life perspective, self-awareness and an improved sense of energy to live life fully in the moment and with genuine enjoyment. Yoga helps to calm the fight or flight stress response, creating a sense of balance and union between the mind and body.
Through a network of studios across the 5-county Philadelphia area, Transformation Yoga Project provides gentle, mindfulness-based yoga to individuals in recovery, as well as, loved ones affected by the disease of addiction. Our instructors, trained in trauma-sensitive yoga, provide classes at local treatment and rehabilitation centers, recovery residences and community wellness centers. To find a class near you, please visit the Yoga for Recovery schedule on our Calendar page.
Transformation Yoga Project partners with community yoga studios to offer Yoga for Recovery classes. Yoga for Recovery provides a supportive environment to observe stillness, allow emotions to surface without fear of judgment, and create healthy relationships with others in recovery. Family and friends are welcome. No experience needed. A suggested donation of $10 is recommended but not required. Check the Calendar for the Yoga for Recovery class schedule.
ADDICTION TREATMENT Facilities
Transformation Yoga Project works with in-patient and out-patient addiction treatment programs to incorporate mindfulness-based yoga practices into their treatment protocols. Yoga complements existing treatment modalities. Participants often find that yoga helps them relieve stress and helps establish a body-mind connection which is an important element in recovery. Daily yoga also provides a way to release tension and aggression, is a natural mood booster, and promotes overall well-being. Yoga is a natural companion to 12-Step based recovery because they share many of the same principles and teach participants how to apply these principles in daily life.
Collegiate Recovery Programs
Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) exist at many Universities to create a social community that supports students in recovery as part of a broader effort to address substance abuse on campus. CRPs are designed to enhance educational opportunities while supporting student's recovery and emotional growth. CRPs generally offer onsite sober housing, self- help meetings and counseling.
Transformation Yoga Project provides on campus yoga & mindfulness classes as part of the CRP to attract recovering students to a healthy activity that creates a sense of community while teaching techniques that will help with anxiety, depression, anger management, low self esteem and relapse prevention.