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How To Practice Yoga When You Don’t Like Yoga

How To Practice Yoga When You Don’t Like Yoga

Yoga isn’t for everyone. The varying themes and components of yoga, however, are things that everyone should incorporate into their daily lives. If you are in recovery from addiction and you aren’t feeling yoga, try feeling out a few of these alternative approaches. You’ll be practicing yoga anyway, on your own terms.

Just practice your breathing

A major component of yoga is the breath. Yoga means union, in sanskrit, which is made manifest through connecting yoga movements to inhales and exhales. Breathing is an instant form of yoga. The second you take a second to take a deep breath and focus on it, you are in yoga. Immediately, you are placed into your body by connecting to the breath- the very definition of yoga.

Just stretch

The breath of yoga is synced to various poses, called asanas, and flows of movement, called vinyasas. Yoga is a practice of strength, endurance, and flexibility. By practicing yoga, you realize that the way you utilize your breath helps your stretching. Stretching puts you in sync with your body. When was the last time you noticed how tight your muscles were or paid attention to the way your body moves? If you don’t want to take a full yoga class, you can combine a little breathwork to some simple stretching. Stretching is an important part of any lifestyle, especially one of recovery which includes regular exercise as well as nutrition. To keep muscles pliable and healthy, stretching is an essential.

Reflect on slowing down

You might not even want to slow down long enough to think about slowing down or your aversion to it. Yoga is uncomfortable for many people because it requires slowing down, being in tune with the self, and being one with the self. Those who have lived in active addiction know first hand what it is like to constantly run away from the self- as fast and as far as possible. Avoiding the self is not exclusive to addicts and alcoholics. Most people are avoiding one part or many parts of themselves. Yoga is an opportunity to stop running, to stop avoiding, and to peacefully meet. When your physical self and your inside self are running in two opposite directions, it can be exhausting. Yoga can be as simple as taking the time to be still and reflect on what it is about being still which causes so much discomfort. Mindfulness is a component of yoga which can be applied here. Rather than attack or analyze your thoughts, or yourself, just mindfully become aware of them. Notice what ideas come up in your contemplations. Allow yourself to pay attention to any physical cues you get as you dive into deeper thoughts. You’re doing yoga by taking time to create union between your thoughts, your spirit, and your body.

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