A fit body and alert mind can help us to overcome alcohol and drug addiction and maintain sobriety on a long-term basis. In order to achieve the state of optimal physical, mental and spiritual fitness required to do this, we must nurture and care for our bodies by engaging in daily physical exercise.
Addiction Recovery and Exercise
The WELL program incorporates yogic exercise because it both strengthens and stretches the body, improving overall health and reinforcing recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
With conscious breathing, we gently move our bodies into different poses that stretch the muscles and improve healthy functioning of the organs and all systems of the body, including:
The stretching movements stimulate glands and create a higher functioning of the immune system, reducing the risk of disease and enhancing our recovery from illnesses. In addition to relieving fatigue and increasing energy levels, regular yogic stretching:
- Reduces stress
- Elevates mood
- Improves focus and concentration
- Reinforces recovery from addiction
The enduring wisdom of yogic practice has been passed down through the oral tradition for thousands of years. Today, scientists have confirmed the benefits of this practice for general health and well being, and as a therapy for certain medical conditions, including alcohol and drug addiction. In addition, the practice of yoga can release spiritual, intellectual and creative energies, all of which add to the quality of life.