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Stretch your body and your mind

Stretch your body

Yoga is just one of the innovative drug addiction treatment therapies at Spring Gardens Recovery in Florida


There are many different forms of yoga being practiced around the world.  In fact, according to the American Osteopathic Association, there are more than 100 different types.  There are certain characteristics that most forms of yoga all share, including a focus on combining breath with motion and the use of certain postures to stretch and flex various muscle groups. Whether you like your yoga hot, flowing or with goats, your yoga practice is tapping into the ability of your own body to promote healing and wellness.


“The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” says Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.


Dr. Nevins says, “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”


The American Osteopathic Association has identified many other physical benefits that can be derived by practicing yoga, including: http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx


  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury


The American Osteopathic Association as well as the experts at Psychology Today and the Chopra Center say that, in addition to the physical benefits, yoga also offers emotional and mental benefits. At Spring Gardens Recovery in Florida, we believe that makes yoga a very useful therapy for those dealing with drug or alcohol addiction detox, which can produce both physical and emotional symptoms.


According to Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D., who wrote about the benefits of yoga on the Psychology Today blog, “There is a growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits.”


Among other things, she says, yoga can:

·         Sharpen attention and concentration

·         Calm and center the nervous system

·         Enhance social wellbeing

·         Ease the symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity

·         Offer relief from sleep disorders. 


It’s not surprising then, when she says, “Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association).”


The American Osteopathic Association agrees that yoga can help improve your sense of mental wellbeing. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” Dr. Nevins says.


The Chopra Center, founded in 1996 by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D., provides experiences, education, teacher trainings and products that improve the health and well-being of body, mind and spirit, offers a unique perspective.  “When we’re coping with emotional pain, a purely mental or intellectual approach usually isn’t enough,” they explain. “Although our mind may try to think its way out of pain, it can quickly become confused or trapped in repetitive thought-patterns that actually intensify our emotional turmoil. When we invite our body and spirit to be part of the healing process, however, transformation can unfold.”  

If you are ready to transform your life and are looking for a detox treatment center in Florida that can help as you begin your journey to recovery, we hope you will consider Spring Gardens alcohol and drug detox in Tampa. We offer a variety of innovative drug and alcohol addiction detox therapies – including yoga – at our residential treatment facility.


About the Author

Kelly Fitzgerald Kelly Fitzgerald is a sober writer based in Southwest Florida who is best known for her personal blog The Adventures of a Sober Señorita. Her work has been published across the web including sites like The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Ravishly, SheKnows, Elite Daily, The Fix, Brit + Co, Addiction Unscripted and AfterPartyMagazine. She is currently writing a memoir.

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