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Yoga Can Help Purge Addictions

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Dec 28, 2007
For those who regularly practice, or teach, Yoga, the idea of letting the mind wander into the world of addictions may seem far away. but all of us know someone who has been engaged in some sort of battle against addictions. Many times, we think of tobacco, alcohol, and drug dependency.

There are many more bad habits, which have become deeply embedded into our society. As state-sanctioned gambling became readily available, at the local convenience store, it is now possible to see your neighbors spend their entire paychecks on scratch tickets. Gambling can cause bankruptcy quicker than a "bad economy." As a result, families suffer or fall apart.

In children, over consumption of food, television, excessive video game play, and over use of the Internet, can result in poor social skills, obesity, and a negative self-image. Of course, this can also happen to adults, but it is more easily noticed in children, because they are monitored at home or in school.

Where do we start to help a society, which accepts addictions as somewhat normal? Institutions, which offer therapy, and counseling, can easily be found in any community. It is up to Yoga teachers to network with them. Yoga instruction offers anyone the opportunity to focus the mind.

When we are not in charge of our mind, it is easy to become addicted to something. We no longer see moderation as a reality. The mindset of an addict has lost any sense of moderation.

The vice, or substance abuse, may also stem from a lack of ability to cope with a challenging situation. Life is full of challenges, but the death of a loved one, job loss, financial hardship, or divorce, can potentially cause anyone to have difficulty coping with the situation.

Yoga sessions offer many solutions for those who need coping skills. Beyond the ability of focusing one's mind, a good habit can easily take the place of a bad one.

There are a few steps to consider, if we want to eliminate an addiction. The first step, "on the road to recovery," is recognition that a real problem exists. Then, a plan of action, in the form of a firm resolution, to change, is the second step to be taken. At this point, counseling should also be a consideration.

The importance of outside encouragement should never be under estimated. If you cannot go it alone, counseling is an excellent option. If you are just trying to find a group of health-minded people, a local Yoga class may be all you need.

Copyright 2007 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He is an author of many books on the subject of Yoga and has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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