Yoga & Meditation
The benefits of yoga and meditation are particularly powerful for alcoholics and drug addicts seeking recovery.
Yoga and meditation are two tools individuals can use to slow down, breathe, find their sense of self and calm their anxieties. These methods have proven to be extremely beneficial to impulse control. As addicts and alcoholics, we are very prone to being highly sensitive and highly reactionary. Yoga and meditation can help us find more pause before we act. In addition, finding a place of quiet within oneself is essential to being able to sense one’s own spirit, one’s own inner voice, and a connection to a higher power of one’s own conception. This idea — of finding a higher power and developing a conscious contact with that higher power — is central to the program of recovery as outlined in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
At The Plymouth House we offer yoga classes several times a week, which are all facilitated by a professional instructor inside our serene yoga studio. Classes focus on the development of mind-body connection, and small class sizes allow for instructors to help each guest individually. We also offer meditation workshops, teaching guests how to quiet their minds as they bolster their spiritual connection and develop their own personal sense of a “higher power.”
This spiritual component of recovery can feel like a roadblock for some, but we have found that as individuals begin to explore — often through yoga and meditation — what the term “higher power” means for them individually, the roadblock diminishes. All that is necessary is a tiny bit of willingness to explore.