Yoga and Meditation for Recovery
Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit
Yoga is defined as a spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. Likewise, to meditate is to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. The practices of yoga and meditation are beneficial to promote health and even aid in the healing of certain ailments, including addiction. Both are offered at The Ridge as part of our inpatient treatment program.
Yoga and meditation fit well with the philosophy of healing that The Ridge promotes. Our staff incorporates the disease model of addiction clients’ recovery programs, following the principles that addiction is a disease that must be managed, that those who are addicted to substances are unable to control or stop using on their own, and that recovery is possible through the support of various resources and programs like AA, family, and treatment professionals. In the same way, yoga and meditation acknowledge that addiction is a disease that is affecting the body, and by learning self-acceptance, improving mind-body awareness, and incorporating a support system, an individual can achieve lasting sobriety.