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Title: 10 Yoga Postures To Support Your Addiction Recovery


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1U Yoga Postures I o Support Your Addiction
Recovery
ddiction Recovery
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Adho Mukha Svanasana 2.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana 3. Balasana 4.
Virabhadrasana 5. Viparita Virabhadrasana 6.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana 7. Halasana 8.
Paschimottanasana 9. Chakrasana
10. Shavasana
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A 2014 study by the National Survey on Drug Use
and Health (NSDUH) says that 1 in every 12
American adults battle substance abuse. Substance
abuse is a complex health and societal problem
which needs effective and careful treatment. One
of the effective ways to treat drug abuse and
other sorts of addictions is Yoga. By practicing
Yoga, one can manage and connect the mind, body,
and breath in one arch. This can largely help in
one's road to recovery. Here in the blog, we
listed 10 yoga poses which you can practice in 12
step program for depression or any other form of
addiction to help you on your path to completely
getting past your addiction. - ADHO MUKHA
SVANASANA
Adhas down Mukha face Svana
dog asana posture The downward-facing dog
pose is one of the most widely known exercises or
yoga poses around the world. It is also a part of
Surya Namaskar, Salute to the Sun.
Conventionally, this asana is expected to
stimulate a number of chakras, including the
Manipura and Ajna chakras. Activating the
Manipura chakra through Adho Mukha Svanasana is
thought to eliminate fear and insecurity, while
the Ajna chakra stimulates perception and
inspiration. By reversing gravitational action,
Adho Mukha Svanasana gets blood and body fluids
flowing in the opposite direction since it is an
inverted pose. The inversion is also thought to
provide a different perspective on an emotional
level, improve in confidence level. Calming the
brain, relieving stress and depression,
preventing osteoporosis are some of the main
benefits of performing this asana.
- URDHVA MUKHA SVANASANA
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Urdhva upward Mukha face Svana
dog Asana posture This posture is one of
those introduced by Krishnamacharya in the 20th
century. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is one of the
most effectual yoga poses accountable for
building strength, awakening the upper body,
preparing the body for intense backbends and
keeps your overall body better and healthy or
well-being. It also coincides with Bhujangasana
(cobra pose), the distinction being that in the
latter pose, the lower body remains pressed into
the ground, while in the former, only the tops of
the feet touch the floor. These two asanas are
simple backbends and are performed during Surya
Namaskar. Traditionally, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
is believed to stimulate the Anahata chakra,
opening the body to compassion, affection, and
gratitude. The energy from this chakra also
creates a greater connection with the global
community. The upward-facing dog pose strengthens
the back, arms, and wrists, stimulates the
abdominal organs and helps relieve depression.
- BALASANA
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Bala child Asana posture Balasana
or the child's pose is a relaxing pose that can
be inserted in between other difficult poses as a
recovery pose. Balasana is named so because the
performer assumes the fetal position of a baby
before childbirth. Many scriptures even say that
one may be able to connect to their memories
inside the womb. While the West believe bowing
one's head signals surrender, it is considered a
noble act of humility in India. Balasana
activates the Ajna, Swadisthana and Muladhara
chakras. An important benefit of performing
Balasana is that it cures restless leg syndrome.
While performing Balasana, the spine remains
relaxed in forward-fold hence one can focus on
breathing and concentrating on the chest and
abdomen towards the tummy. Balasana can be
utilized to treat severe back pain, insomnia and
to minimize stress and improve in sleep.
- VIRABHADRASANA
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Vira hero Bhadra friend Asana
posture Arguably the asana with the heaviest
mythological story, Virabhadrasana or warrior's
pose is a trio of lunging stretches memorializing
the exploits of the great warrior Virabhadrasana.
Yogis are non-violent people, a fact that would
create a stir to why a yoga pose would be named
after a warrior. The answer to that being,
Virabhadrasana is a spiritual warrior who fights
the evil of avaidya (self-ignorance) which is the
ultimate cause of all our sufferings. According
to Indian mythology, Virabhadrasana is an
incarnation of Shiva himself created to destroy
Daksha, the son of Brahma. Daksha was
unsupportive of the marriage of Shiva and Sati,
his daughter, due to which he cut her off from
the family. Sati, seeking the validation of her
father, ends up walking on fire and killing
herself. Virabhadrasana is created by Shiva to
seek revenge.
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Virabhadrasana I, signals the arrival of
Virabhadra with a sword in both hands, both hands
extended above the head. Virabhadrasana II
is the sighting of the enemy (Daksha).
Virabhadrasana III is the slaying of the enemy
(Daksha) with the swift and precise movement of
the sword. - VIPARITA VIRABHADRASANA
Viparita inverted Vira hero
Bhadra friend asana posture An extension
of the Virabhadra II pose, it can be entered by
arching the back and the backhand reaching the
corresponding leg and the forehand pointing up to
the sky. This pose is a modern adaptation of
Virabhadrasana II, which could've been created as
early as 2000. The general perception of a
warrior is that of violence and warfare. The
power of the reverse warrior pose is to turn
around this symbolism and to think noble of
warriorship. This idea of a peaceful warrior is
shown to students to teach them that love and
compassion are just as important. This pose is
supposed to balance 3 chakras Muladhara,
Manipura, and Ajna. Some benefits of yoga and
meditation can be completely surprising where you
can get rid of addiction and mental illness
without any kind of medication and the daily
practice of this pose can energizing our body,
building perseverance, and improves our focus.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
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SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA
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Setu bridge Bandha lock Sarva
all asana posture A bridge is something
that connects two places be it physically,
virtually or psychologically. It renders the
opportunity to cross over from one place to
another. By creating a bridge with the body one
can create a path between the place one is in,
and the place one wants to be in, hence inviting
transformation. Bridge pose also stimulates the
Muladhara (root), Visuddha (throat) and Anahata
(heart) chakras. It is believed that the root
chakra helps one stay connected the throat
chakra enhances one's communication and
eloquence and the heart chakra encourages
kindness, compassion, and healing. The bridge
pose gets rid of anxiety, relaxes the mind,
relieves negative emotions and helps a great deal
in improving mental health. Halasana
Hala plow
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Asana posture
Halasana or plow pose gets its name from the
shape of the body when performing this pose. The
body assumes the shape of a plow, with the hands
on the ground and hip above the head and toes
touching the floor behind the head. The history
of this pose goes back to the Indian scripture
Ramayana. King Janaka, a karma yogi finds a small
girl plowing in a field when he was working on
the fields like any other farmer. This girl was
named Sita, who later grew up to become Ram's
wife. This symbolizes that hidden treasures can
be found with a plow. Halasana presents solid
opening benefits for the throat and heart
chakras. This is different from the usual opening
of these chakras, as in Halasana, they are
guarded in the front and exposed at the back.
Paschimottanasana
Paschima west or back Uttana
intense stretch asana posture Paschimottasa
na or Intense Dorsal Stretch is one of the asanas
in Modern Yoga. The physical purpose of
Paschimottasana is to lengthen the backside of
the body. While performing this pose, the whole
of the backside of the body ie. head, neck, back,
spine, hamstrings, and calves get stretched to
the fullest. Hence this pose is a relieving
solution for respiratory and kidney problems and
adrenal exhaustion. Paschimottanasana is regarded
to be a calming posture for the mind and nervous
system. It may be therapeutic for anxiety and
depression. This pose naturally promotes
introspection and inner growth. Due to the
challenging nature of the pose, one cannot commit
to fully bending over. One can find the balance
between effort and surrender hence detaching
oneself from the end result.
Chakrasana
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Chakra wheel Asana
posture Chakrasana or Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward
facing bow pose) is one of the 84 asanas of Lord
Shiva's classic yoga referenced in the
HathaRatnavali around 1600 CE. Mythology has it
that Vishwakarma, the grand architect of the
universe had a daughter, Sanjana who fell in love
with the sun god Surya. Since Surya was too
bright Sanjana couldn't be close to him. Hence
Vishwakarma cut down a few rays of Surya and spun
them into a chakra. Chakrasana is the pose of the
ultimate circle. The body forms the shape of a
chakra or wheel when performing Chakrasana. It
aligns all the 7 chakras in a complete circle,
thus providing one with the ultimate pose which
unlocks courage, compassion, and radiance in our
mind and spirit and helps in relieving emotional
disturbances. Shavasana
Shava corpse Asana posture
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Savasana can be achieved by lying down flat on
one's back and relaxing the entire body and mind.
It may look very simple, but it is mentally
challenging as we have to focus to keep our mind
free of thoughts and concentrate on connecting
with our bodies. It is given the name Savasana
not only because of the physical position but
also since it prepares one for the ultimate
relaxation, death. This pose has been proven to
helps the body to accept the neuromuscular
changes that the body underwent during the
session. It relaxes every muscle of the body thus
making it the ultimate finishing pose. Fatigued
or tense muscles get relaxed, the nervous system
calms down and serenity prevails in the
body. Yoga is considered Science. Yoga stimulates
the 7 chakras (energy centers) of the human body.
By stimulating and balancing the 7 chakras, you
would be able to attain peace with your body and
surroundings. Practicing the 10 exercises asanas
mentioned above daily would offer physical and
mental clarity about your life. So put on your
yoga pants and go beat your addiction! Tags Benef
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6 Comments
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EDWARD PERRY June 5, 2019 at 714 am
Well written blog about the benefits of Yoga in
Addiction Recovery. This is an eye-opener. Thanks
for sharing!
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CATHERINE GREEN
June 29, 2019 at 430 pm
Thanks for illustrating the importance of Yoga.
Keep posting such articles.
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ROBERT F. NICODEMUS
July 17, 2019 at 1018 pm
This is a very useful article about yoga posture
that helps to get recover from addiction. Keep
sharing your useful thoughts to know more about
recovering ways
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ELIZABETH T. KELLEY September 2, 2019 at 1135 pm
Thank you so much for publishing this article,
now I came to know that even yoga can also help a
person to recover and stay from addiction and
mental illness. These 10 poses of yoga and its
benefits are simply amazing!
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ASHLEY HILL November 21,2019 at 917 am
Yoga is surely a sure shot way to help Addiction
Recovery. Wonderful article, very informative and
helpful.
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STACY MIZRAHI November 24, 2019 at 1052 am
Thanks for taking the extra effort to provide the
translations!
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