Long-term Approach to Recovery
Experts opine that the treatment of addiction has to be on a long-term outlook and not just for a short period of time. In essence, the recovery process must include a long-term plan to aid the possibility of a lifelong recovery. Yoga can serve as one of such strategies, and the incorporation of yoga into a detailed recovery plan can continue to offer support and encouragement to people during the recovery journey.
When examining the different ways through which yoga can help in the improvement of mental and physical health, several people make the wrong assumption that one needs to have professional training or even expensive equipment before one can practice it. However, even though signing up for group classes or getting extra gear can help enhance the yoga experience, they are dispensable types of equipment. The mat is actually the only equipment you need for yoga, and some yoga postures don’t even require a mat.
Quite a number of people have the misconception that yoga is a vigorous exercise suitable only for those who are physically fit or flexible. However, the intensity of your yoga practice depends on you and it can be extremely relaxed, depending on what you want. Yoga has a variety of practices that are suitable for people with different level of skills and goals.
Types of Yoga
There are different yoga types, but the most popular are:
1. Hatha yoga: This is an umbrella term for all yoga practices that involve using physical postures. The label “Hatha yoga”, when used for a class, raises the presumption that such is an introduction to the basic postures.
2. Vinyasa Yoga: This is popular for its flows or fluid movements. During this practice, people swiftly move through different poses connecting each of their poses with the breath.
3. Ashtanga Yoga: It is fast-paced and involves swift movement through different poses just like Vinyasa. The difference, however, is that while Vinyasa encompasses a broad range of postures, there is a definite series of poses in a similar order for practitioners of Ashtanga yoga.
4. Hot Yoga: It is an intensive practice done in a room with a temperature ranging from 95 to 100 degrees. The heat coupled with fast-paced flow makes for a perfect combination for those looking to physically push themselves.
5. Restorative yoga: This is considered to be a very meditative and relaxing yoga form. It places emphasis on passive poses held for a couple of minutes at a particular time. The participants are told to relax into the individual postures and it is also called Yin Yoga.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga has been quite popular for the diverse physical benefits it offers. Recent researches have, however, discovered more benefits of a regular yoga practice. Research has revealed that yoga can help deal with back pain in the lower region, which is a problem that approximately 80% of Americans have cause to struggle with at varying points. A meta-analysis in 2013 conducted using 10 randomized and controlled trials revealed strong eviidence supporting short-term effectiveness of yoga for chronic pain in the lower back, and moderate evidence supporting its long-term effectiveness.
Other popular physical benefits to regular practitioners include:
1. Improved circulatory and cardiovascular health
2. Reduction in blood pressure
3. Reduced blood sugar level
4. Better lipid profiles
5. Improved strength and tone of the muscle
6. Increased flexibility
7. Improved respiration and energy
8. Improved metabolism
9. Improved athletic feature
In addition, yoga aids dieting for people and helps them remain fit. It also helps in the alteration of the people’s pattern of food. Harvard Health Publishing showed that yoga practitioners have the tendency to be more cautious of how they eat. That implies that they do not take more food when they get filled up, and they also take their time to savor each bite. That practice can aid weight loss and weight control.
There has been an increasing array of research supporting that yoga can help improve mental health. Irrespective of the specific yoga practice, most of them focus on the moment, and attention to body sensations and breathing. A study revealed that regular practice of yoga can considerably reduce the level of cortisol. Cortisol is deemed to be a stress hormone and the lowering of this will help people get relieved from depression symptoms.
It also has the tendency to help the mind relax, increase concentration and also improve a person’s mood. All these effects are important to the recovery process.