The 8 Limbs of Yoga & How They Help With Addiction Recovery
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The idea behind the Yamas is that we treat others the way we would like to be treated:
- Ahimsa: the promise of non-violence.
- Asteya: the promise of non-stealing (whether it be objects or the time of others).
- Satya: the promise of truthfulness.
- Aparigraha: the promise of non-greed or non-possessiveness.
- Brahmacharya: the promise of self-control.
- Saucha: cleanliness of the inner and outer body. Proper nutrition, elimination of sugar, fats, drugs, and alcohol are part of keeping your body clean. Your mind must also be kept clean, removing feelings of anger or stress.
- Santosha: contentment with oneself. Being mindful and appreciating the present moment, finding joy in the everyday instants of life.
- Tapas: the fiery desire to improve your life with self-discipline. This relates to the motivation we have to live a better life.
- Svadhyaya: to study your own body and mind. Using this you will know yourself inside and out, understand who you are, and accept yourself.
- Ishvara Pranidhana: to surrender yourself to God. While this may seem difficult to accept for those who don’t believe in God, it can be interpreted as giving yourself to a higher purpose.
Asana reduces stress and negative feelings. If you didn’t already know, challenging emotions are among the top reasons why people relapse. When you exercise through Asana you lose weight. This boosts self-confidence and provides a general feeling of self-satisfaction.
chance you’ve received at life. Sometimes you want to get away from it all, and in fact, it’s important to withdraw from daily struggles every now and then. Pratyahara does exactly that. It’s a form of meditation which provides a well-needed rest while you restore your energy to continue on the path to recovery. Focus on each of your senses individually from touch to taste, and appreciate the moment. You will replenish your energy.