If you’re suffering from addiction and have either sought rehabilitation treatment or are considering getting your life back on track, then yoga can be instrumental in this. It may be something you’ve never practiced before, or something you’ve never seen the appeal of. But that will certainly all change. In rehabilitation treatments all around the world, yoga plays a large part in the process as it helps focus the mind, can calm stress levels and find peace and clear thinking during difficult periods in your life. Periods in which you’d usually turn to your addiction. During the recovery process, this can be vital in staying sober and avoiding relapse, so if you are looking for a way to aid in staying sober, then why not consider yoga. There are dozens of stretches out there that are well suited to both beginners and experienced yoga practitioners, so what should you add to your morning routine?
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The Child’s Pose
The child’s pose is one of the most common yoga positions out there and very much one of the simplest to master. It involves you sitting on your knees, slightly apart and lowering your head to the floor, arms spread above your head. The pose is designed to relieve tension from your shoulders and improve upon signs of fatigue. This is aimed at calming stress levels, with stress being one of the major contributors to people relapsing and turning back to their addiction.
The Sitting Mountain
The sitting mountain is another simple yoga stretch that is perhaps the first one any beginner will try. It’s one of the more well-known poses and involves sitting down with your legs crossed and knees pointing forward. There are some major benefits to this pose, with it again promoting an air of calm and stillness. This pose is aimed at opening the heart and will allow you to think more clearly.
The fish pose is often referred to as the “destroyer of all diseases”, so it’s certainly worth a go if you’re looking to help with your addiction. The pose is designed to relieve anxiety and stress, again a major contributing factor in addiction, and involves lying on your back, with your legs extended and feet together. You then lift your chest and shoulders and rest on your forearms with your palms flat. Bringing your hips closer to your elbows and placing your hands under your hips will then see a tranquillity arrive, as you remain there for five to 10 minutes.