How Does Yoga Help Men in Recovery?

The old stereotypes of who does yoga have drifted away. It is difficult to find men now who have not tried yoga, at least once, because they are realizing the myriad benefits of pursuing this practice. Bodybuilders incorporate yoga into their routines to improve range of motion and muscle stability while the average guy might just want to gain some flexibility and strength. For men in recovery, it can be about peace and serenity in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Health Benefits of Yoga

The health benefits of yoga have been documented in studies. Researchers have found many health benefits that it is something that doctors have recommended to people who are seeking a different way of releasing stress, anxiety, and pursuing a more peaceful life.

Mental

Men who practice yoga in recovery find lots of benefits for their mental well-being. This can include things like depression, anxiety, or underlying mental health conditions. It may also include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Encouragement of feelings of well-being

Physical

Men are typically physical people. Generally, they like to get up and move and do things with their bodies to relieve stress. Yoga is a great practice for that. Even as it decreases pain, it can boost the immune system and give that extra little positive nudge in the right direction. Yoga also helps physically by:

  • Improving flexibility
  • Strengthening bones
  • Lowering blood sugar

Spiritually

Men can improve their spiritual well-being with some yoga classes. It helps to support their overall feeling of being healthy and able to function at a deeper level. There are different types of yoga which focus on this, but it can also help bring focus on the present, inspire a healthy lifestyle, and a few other things as well:

  • Bring peace of mind
  • Encourage self-care
  • Build awareness through meditation

Addiction recovery tools are things which help men progress towards healing the whole person. Yoga is one way to do that by bringing a sense of inner peace and calm, lowering the pain threshold, and helping men deal with psychological implications from addiction. Often, men who become addicted to drugs or alcohol are escaping pain, physically or emotionally. Sometimes that pain is hidden, masked by substance abuse or appears during recovery. Having alternatives to ease discomfort, like yoga, can make the difference in rehab. Doing yoga helps the body’s stress hormones stay down and boosts a person’s mood.

We believe men have the power to pursue a life of meaning and purpose in recovery with the right tools and resources. We provide a retreat-like setting to heal from the experience of addiction. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.