yoga for addiction recovery

Yoga for Addiction Recovery At SoCal Detox

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SoCal Detox is unique in its mission and ability to offer more treatment programs than the typical detox facility. In addition to our premium medical detox and highly supervised around-the-clock care, we have such clinical treatments as psycho-educational groups, mindfulness/guided meditation, anxiety management, 12 Step education, gratitude, goal setting, and so much more. However, above and beyond those options we employ other holistic programs to help residents fully engage with the recovery process. These include music therapies (Rock to Recovery), equine therapy, and Yoga for addiction recovery, among others.

One of the reasons we offer so much at a detox facility is to give the most solid first step to anyone who has trusted us with their health and safety. Ultimately, the safest path for a person with a substance abuse disorder is a clean one. This is the reason we make use of Yoga. The discipline and structure found in yoga can reinforce all of the treatments and offers a healthy way for recovering addicts to introduce movement, discipline, spirituality, and health back into their lives.

SoCal Detox’s Yoga for Addiction Recovery Overview

Yoga is learning to still the fluctuations of the mind and find the beauty of the present moment, which ultimately helps people find inner peace and serenity. It is a form of meditation. The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old.

It’s a practice that includes breathing techniques, meditation, and specific postures/stretches to connect the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is widely practiced for health, wellness, and relaxation all of which promote presence, self-love, and focus. In addition to all of that, it has proven very effective for addiction recovery, and to combat stress, anxiety, and depression.

Physical Effects

The stretches help to open the body so that one can sit comfortably to access the deeper dimensions of Yoga. It also helps create space where people are stuck or tense and unveil the layers of protection people have built around their hearts. The poses and postures help with cognitive abilities, lower blood pressure, lower body weight, improve lung capacity, increase flexibility, reduce pain, and much more. The list of benefits seems to be tailored specifically for a person learning to walk the path of recovery.

The Why of Yoga Therapy

To appreciate and honor our bodies, as well as become aware of the mind and the noise it creates, yoga is a natural remedy. It helps us make peace with who we are and create inner and outer peace. The goal in our yoga for addiction program is for residents to find self-love so they can truly love life and others. Through this meditation, they gain self-awareness, courage, wisdom, serenity, and develop healthy routines and coping skills in sobriety.

The Activity of Yoga

Residents participate in 90-minute sessions of Mindful Yoga/Yoga Therapy, including breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), stretching poses (asana), sound healing, essential oils, and Reiki. The main focuses are on connection, presence, letting go, and gratitude.


The physical benefits of yoga are numerous; however, the mental effects are particularly helpful in addiction treatment. The early stages of recovery bring thoughts and emotions that may seem out of control. The breathing, discipline, mindfulness, and inner peace found in practicing yoga for addiction help them find the strength and ability to keep control and keep their inner world from overwhelming the outer one.

Who Can Participate?

Every client who walks into SoCal Detox can join our yoga program. Our instructor is gifted in finding the right fit for every person who joins the group. The movements are relatively accessible to participants. Because of the unique approach and connection to the process of detox and sobriety, our yoga for addiction recovery program will even feel new to someone familiar with the practices. It is yoga with the usual results designed for a specific purpose.


Traditional approaches to addiction treatment that include group and individual therapies are vastly important to recovery. This is why SoCal Detox specializes in them. However, to ignore the rest of the body is a mistake. When all aspects of an individual are included in the treatment process, the results are wider reaching and have deeper effects.

Our yoga program is just one of the many ways we take the complete individual into account for finding lasting recovery. As well, the teams we work with after detox treatment are committed to similar approaches to holistic healing. We would love to help you find peace, serenity, and long-term sobriety. If you are ready to make a change, call us today: 888-590-0777.

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