Many people have long used yoga as a way to recover from alcohol and substance abuse. Practicing and teaching yoga allows for many benefits to assist you in your recovery. Many people find yoga helpful because it is practical, and it teaches you lessons about life and recovery. Additionally, yoga keeps your body healthy and strong. It helps give individuals the psychological and emotional coping skills that are necessary for the path to recovery. It also helps people embrace their recovery with a joyful attitude. If you want to learn more about yoga's practical application to recovery and how you can use it in your daily life, contact Lucida Treatment Center at . Additionally, read on to learn more about how you can practice yoga and use it to calm your body as well as your mind. Yoga And Recovery Tadasana is a type of yoga that you can practice almost anywhere and at almost any time. You can practice while waiting in line at the grocery store or the bank or while you are watching your child at the playground. You can even practice it for its own sake as a deep and personal meditation in the privacy of your own home. All you need is a little knowledge (presented below), a little bit of focus, and a little bit of time. \tTo begin, stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart and your toes facing forward \tRelax and begin to focus on your breathing. If it is comfortable to do so, breathe in and out through the nose on a slow four-count. As you get more practice, expand the count to six in and six out and then eight in and eight out, but at the beginning just start with four slow, even breaths. Also, if breathing in and out through your noses is difficult, just breathe in a manner that is natural and comfortable. \tKeep your knees straight, but not locked. The shin bones should be tilted forward ever so slightly. \tRelax your pelvis. Allow your lower back to lengthen, and feel free. Do this by tucking your tailbone just a tad. Do not tuck too much, just enough to lengthen your lower back. \tLengthen your torso. Open your chest so that your sternum tilts toward the sky. \tRoll your shoulders in nice, luxurious circles a few times forward and a few times back. Then, let them relax completely, but do not slouch. \tRelax your neck and reach the top of your head up. Imagine a string attached to the crown of your head, gently lifting you up. Look straight ahead with your gaze at eye level. \tTuck your chin ever so slightly in order to gently lengthen the back of your neck. Relax the muscles of your head and face, including your jaw, cheeks, the muscles around your eye sockets and your tongue. \tAllow your arms to hang loosely by your sides with the hands completely free of tension. \tOnce you get here, go through the steps again. After you get a little bit of practice, the steps will happen automatically and you can take a shortcut. Think of your head in line with your spine, which is in line with your tailbone, and then think of your shoulders resting above your hips, which are directly over your knees, which are in line with your feet and toes. Standing in Tadasana For Recovery Once you are comfortable in this posture, bring your attention to your breathing and let your eyes close (do not do this part if you are standing in line at the store!). Focus on your abdomen. Allow the breath to move in and out, easily and comfortably. If you can maintain your attention on your lower abdomen for 10 breaths in and out, expand your attention to the top of your head and the soles of your feet\u2014in effect, your entire body. Let your mind receive the information your body gives you without judgment. Simply observe and let it be. If you can maintain your attention on your entire body for 10 breaths in and out, expand your attention past your body to the room around you while your eyes remain closed. Keep your attention on the room for 10 breaths and then, step-wise, bring your attention, in concert with your breathing, back in\u2014first return your attention to your body for 10 breaths, then back to your abdomen for 10 breaths. Finally, open your eyes and check back in with your Tadasana by following steps one through nine, above. How Yoga Helps With Recovery This type of yoga teaches you that you can attain a sense of calm, stillness, and centeredness within yourself. It also teaches individuals how to be still and quiet so they can focus on their minds and emotions. As you practice more and more, your body, breath, and mind will unite. You will slowly gain the tools to soothe yourself without using substances of alcohol. This is the ultimate goal of recovery. If you want to learn more about treatment methods for recovery, contact our Lantana, FL Alcohol Treatment Center, Lucida Treatment Center at . We offer individual therapy, group therapy, exercise therapy, and more ways to get you on the path to recovery.