What is hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is the physical practice of yoga. The name Hatha can be used interchangeably with yoga. The slow pace and simple breathing exercises make it a great place to learn basic poses and become comfortable on the mat.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of yoga range from physical health to mental health, and even spiritual well-being. Yoga relieves stress and anxiety, promotes relaxation while at the same time providing physical exercise.
Can yoga help with recovering from addiction?
Absolutely! Yoga may contribute to a greater sense of control in an individual who is experiencing cravings, insomnia, or agitation. Those who practice regularly can experience the benefits more fully. In addition, the mind-body-spirit approach of yoga is a great add-on to traditional therapy and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
Is yoga proven to work for treating addiction?
It should be noted that yoga is a great add-on to conventional treatment and therapy. There are only a handful of studies on the subject. However, in 1997 the Journal of Alternative Therapies that found yoga to be useful in addiction treatment. This conclusion was based on a randomized clinical trial using yoga at a methadone clinic in Boston. The study revealed that in a group setting yoga was just as effective as traditional psycho-dynamic group therapy (Yoga Journal).
Overall, yoga helps people to slow down and be in the now. It gives the practitioner a chance to meditate, breathe deeply and achieve better health.
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