Addicts often carry around a lot of self-limiting beliefs and stress. Why? You’re in recovery. Simply adding in some yoga to your daily routine can keep your mind, body and soul sober. Yoga teaches you to “let go”, “breathe” and “be at peace” with your own self.
At the beginning of this pose, it helps to affirm to yourself: I will move forward with patience. This pose is for letting go and moving forward. Sit down on your yoga mat, legs extended out in front of you. Your back should be straight and feet flexed. Inhale deep, lifting your arms over your head. When you exhale fold your upper body over your legs, bending at the hips and bring your chest to your knees. Place your hands on your calves or ankles, wherever is most comfortable and slightly reach into a deeper stretch. Hold this pose for 5 breaths, and repeat two more times.
After giving yourself a loving stretch to purge your soul, you should affirm your body with: I hold myself with compassion. Simply lay flat on the yoga mat. Bring your knees to your chest, and wrap your arms around your knees. You will hug them toward you in a comforting and compassionate pose. Slightly tuck your chick to your chest and keep your neck long on the yoga mat. Hold this position for 3 to 5 breaths, release and repeat two more times.
Baddha Konasana Pose
Finish with the butterfly pose, that opens your heart and spirit to moving gently through life. The affirmation: My spirit is as gentle as a butterfly. Sit up straight from Apanasana pose and bring the soles of your feet together in front of you, with knees out to the sides, and pull your feet into your groin as far as possible. Your legs should resemble the wings of a butterfly. Relax as you breathe deeply for 10 inhales/exhales.
End your yoga session with a powerfully positive mantra every day! Say to yourself, “I am enough.” “I love you.” “Thank you.” “Namaste.”