What is the root cause of addiction? This is a question that has baffled scientists for years. Is addiction genetic?
Could it be the result of a lack of deep and meaningful interpersonal relationships? Or is it a result of both hereditary and environmental factors? Conflicting studies have tried to determine the answers to these questions over the years in an effort to cure addiction once and for all.
Whatever the actual cause(s) for addiction may be, some experts now believe addiction recovery starts by addressing deep-rooted spiritual issues. In this article, we will look at what recent research has shown about the power of yoga – as well as hearing from beloved authors and spiritual leaders about how yoga and meditation can heal addictions.
In fact, best-selling author and clinical psychologist Brene’ Brown says a spiritual practice is key to resilience.
Motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein, author of the best-selling book Spirit Junkie, is living proof of the power of yoga and meditation. She famously admitted to using yoga, meditation and spiritual practices to heal from her own prior struggles with addiction. Bernstein, who has compared addiction to “looking for God in all the wrong places,” specifically recommends using Kundalini Yoga meditations to assist with breaking free from the cycle of addiction.
So, what is Kundalini Yoga, and how does it help heal addiction?
You can think of Kundalini Yoga as a blend of a few of the various spiritual aspects of yoga: devotion, changing, meditation, mental and physical control, asana (yoga poses), and “shakti” – or the expression of one’s own power and energy.
Let that sink in for a moment. As you can imagine, the practice of Kundalini Yoga is simultaneously a transformational and empowering approach to healing one’s mind, body, and soul from various different types of addictions.
This is important because some experts believe addiction is an unconscious process. Therefore, yoga could be particularly healing for addicts by bringing those unconscious urges into the light. Incorporating yoga and meditation into addiction recovery, especially when combined with a twelve-step program and/or a spiritual practice, could allow addicts to realize the abundant love and healing potential that they already possess within themselves.
If you are currently in addiction recovery (or know someone who is), you might want to consider a combination of Kundalini Yoga poses as well as a meditation practice to assist with your recovery. This resource has some great yoga poses, meditations, mantras, and other practices that can easily be done by beginners in the comfort of your own home.
In conclusion, while many people in the Western world just think of yoga as a hobby that builds strength, heals your body and boosts your mood, there is much more to it than that. Yoga was traditionally a spiritual practice for thousands of years. That makes it especially beneficial for providing healing, connection and help to those in addiction recovery. Whatever you decide, good luck in your journey to healing from addiction.
About the author: After seeing a family member struggle with addiction, David created HeroinAddict.info as a resource for addicts and their loved ones to find help and gain insight into the addiction and overdose epidemic.
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