Can yoga help with addiction?

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When you shut down emotion, you’re also affecting you immune system, your nervous system. So the repression of emotion, which is a survival strategy, then becomes a source of physiological illness later on. — Gabor Maté

We live in behaviour patterns and rituals. They are so intimate to us that we are unable to see them most of the time. It’s not that we have to wait to catch these patterns and rituals, they’re like buses which are continuously passing through us. We just need to step back and create a little space, which in turn gives us choice to see if we wish to carry on these behaviours

At the moment there are many sources of addictions which afflict our spirit. Coffee wakes you up but also has links to anxiety. The extra sugar gives you a kick but later creates an energy crash. Social media, alcohol, cigarettes and even exercise – these are substances and processes for our minds and bodies to latch onto as coping mechanisms.

We all suffer from false senses of need. The need for a coffee to ‘wake you up’ or the need for a glass of wine to “re-leave the stress.” We all feel that reliance on something outside of ourselves to balance ourselves and complete us (from time to time or on a day by day basis).

The fundamental root of these false attachments are emotional disruptions, repressions, and disturbances. The question for us is: can Yoga help?

A regular yoga practice gives us a means of engaging positively with your emotions and balancing our energy. Our mat can be the place where we invite stress, doubt, fear, unworthiness, and the whole spectrum of emotions that this human being carries. But here we have the opportunity to create and then observe the different energies that arise from within us and with awareness we can begin to put time and space in between them. Which then gives us more choice in the way we react and respond to these emotions. E-MOTIONS are simply energy in motion. It is the labelling of the mind that defines what they are,

Yoga is also a discipline and through this discipline we can become more in control of how external stimuli and the internal response (emotional or physical) can become harmonised so that we stop relying on outside influences to balance ourselves. And begin to trust our yoga mat as a place for transformation.

“When you fall…. I will catch you” Mat

Sadhguru describes the human body as a technology that is self sufficient and through many yoga postures we learn how to use this miracle of evolution to facilitate our growth and personal development.

It has taken us 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days of the year and however many years of life to get where we are. There are no quick fixes, we have to bring discipline focus, determination, dedication and most importantly awareness onto our mat to start the process of change.

Kundalini Yoga is famous for helping recovering drug addicts manage their cravings and emotions. In general, a regular Yoga practice gives you the tools, the breathing techniques, and the motivation to stay grounded in your self and keep a grip on your own reigns.

The addictive nature is part of human nature – but through Yoga we can grow to become more comfortable with our individuality and our limitations. Only then is positive development and change possible.

Trust the process!

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