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Yoga as Holistic Medicine for Depression

Yoga as Holistic Medicine for Depression

Author: Justin Mckibben

In the past, eastern medicines, theologies and practices have been observed by the western world with a heavy hint of speculation. There was a time science was limited as to what it could and could not prove through technical studies what scriptures like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali or the Bhagavad Gita, both sacred and valued text in connection to Indian and Hindu philosophy, told us about the mind, body and spirit. However as time and science has caught up with the claims made in the ancient manuscripts we have discovered more of the remarkable catalogs of evidence to support eastern medicines and practices… especially yoga.

Yoga has become more mainstream over the last decade plus, and it would seem that since its inception into western culture there have been compiling examples of how gurus from hundreds or even thousands of years ago have actually been telling us all along about the healing power in the science of spirituality.

Today, health and human service providers across America have shown a mounting interest in using yoga as a form of holistic healing, especially as an option for treating people with mental health problems. There is a multitude of reasons why the aspects of yoga would benefit those struggling with depression.

  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Exercising physical health promoting mental well-being
  • Emphasis on detachment from negativity and connection to higher self

The list goes on and on… let us make a few points about how yoga can be amazing medicine for depression.

UNC Yoga Study

A recent study published in the journal Trauma, Violence, & Abuse from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found there are some exceptionally encouraging benefits to using yoga to help address mental health disorders, specifically when coupled with other forms of holistic healing and intervention.

Rebecca Macy is a researcher who works with violence and trauma survivors. She also helped lead the study at the UNC School of Social Work on utilizing yoga to treat mental health disorders. In a statement about the study Macy said she was especially interested to really know what the evidence said; is yoga something healthcare providers should be suggesting to people who struggle with various mental health problems, such as:

Overall, the researchers determined that yoga holds a high potential for helping improve anxiety, depression, PTSD and/or the psychological consequences of trauma.

Depression, Posture and the Heart Chakra

Truthfully, any asana (posture) from the yoga practice has the potential to make a drastic difference when trying to overcome depression. Yoga engages the physical body to focus the mind and create space for intuitive introspection or spiritual reflection. Every pose can make a strong contribution to rewiring the patterns in the brain, while systematically utilizing an individual’s biology to alter their mindset.

That being said, I will promote one of my favorite types of asana when it comes to changing the mood- Heart Openers!

Research does show that sudden emotional stress can actually release hormones in the body that prevent the heart from pumping normally, which of course has an adverse ripple effect. So if we can scientifically say that emotions affect the body so acutely, it would only seem logical that the body could in fact be used to influence our emotions. If you open your heart, give it space to breathe and be beat, it might just surprise you.

Back-bends are some of the simple heart-opening poses that ease breathing and reduce stress by releasing tension held in the tissues of the whole chest and lung region of the body. A variety of back-bending postures are great heart-openers, here are just a few examples:

  • Bhujangasana- Cobra
  • Ustrasana- Camel
  • Anjaneyasana- Low Lunge
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana- Upward-facing Dog
  • Dhanurasana- Bow

Physiology has a very real impression on our psychology, and it has been said that opening the heart in some yoga poses has a way of letting positive energy make its way into our system. Warm up your body, warm up your heart and start to change the language of your life by engaging in yoga that heals.

Of course a yoga teacher and a believer in the power of yoga, I am a little biased… but that’s besides the point…

In yogi traditions the heart chakra, Anahata in Sanskrit, is located in the center of the chest at the heart level. Anahata is thought of as the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy that moves love through our lives. It is said to act as an integrating focal point of energy and as love is often thought of in most spiritual practices as the ultimate element of healing, the heart chakra is thought of as the healing center of the body. So when we talk about opening the heart we are tapping into the healing inside us all.

Mindfulness is Medicine

There has also been past research suggesting that mindfulness and meditation could be considered as alternatives to anti-depressant medications, or could also be used to combat the side-effects of medications.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) may now offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, and mindfulness and meditation are bread-and-butter with the practice of yoga.

The list goes on and on as to the benefits of practicing yoga for the individual struggling with mental health disorders such as severe anxiety or depression, and I could sit here and write all day about studies and strategies closely connecting yoga to incredible outcomes in recovery from mental health and addiction issues.

My personal experience itself can support the idea of using yoga to overcome depression, as I am someone who has struggled with anxiety, depression and addiction chronically in my lifetime. As someone now in long-term recovery I can say that one of the most amazing experiences I have been given is to practice yoga and cultivate an intimate understanding with how unifying the mind, body and spirit has helped me dramatically reduce anxiety attacks, overcome suicidal ideation, and even helped me find new passion and serenity while rebuilding a life devastated by drugs and alcohol. My testimony is just one of countless accounts of how yoga transforms lives in recovery, so if depression is an obstacle in your life yoga can be a means to overcome it.

At Palm Partners, we believe in treating and healing the mind, body and spirit as equally important and unified parts that make up the whole person, and yoga is one opportunity offered as part of an innovative and restorative personalized treatment plan to creating lasting change. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

 

What is Drug Rehab?


Many people suffering from the disease of addiction do not seek the help they need because they don’t know what to expect at drug rehab. Despite the sometimes terrifying and devastating consequences of addiction, many drug addicts and alcoholics choose to continue to use and drink because it is familiar to them.  For them, the life they know is less scary than going to a drug rehab program and getting help. So what is drug rehab, exactly? What can you expect at drug rehab?

Drug rehab is a place to receive treatment for dependency on a mind or mood altering substance such as alcohol, cocaine, or narcotic pain medication. The purpose of drug rehab is to treat the physical addiction to drugs and alcohol and help you build the skills for a healthy and productive life.

Step 1- Medical Detox

The first part of drug rehab is usually a safe medical detox.  This portion of treatment aims to make you comfortable while your body recovers from being physically dependent on a substance. This is typically a 5-10 day process depending on your drug of choice. When you enter a detox facility, the staff will take a medical history and ask you about your drug use. Be honest! Medical professionals at a drug rehab detox have a lot of experience dealing with addiction, and they have likely heard it all before. They need to know the extent of your drug use so they can design a detox program that is right for you.  If they do not know exactly what you have been taking, how much, and how long you have been using a substance, they will not be able to prescribe the correct type and quantity of medication to make you comfortable during the process or be able to ensure that you are safe. Detox can be life-threatening with certain substances, so make sure you don’t leave anything out.

Step 2-Inpatient treatment

When people ask “What is drug rehab?” they are usually referring to this phase of treatment. After detox, you will likely be sent to and inpatient program that, on average, lasts 30-90 days. You will sleep at the drug rehab housing and attend treatment groups during the day. Drug rehabs vary widely in terms of the treatments they offer during inpatient treatment. Most offer traditional treatments like counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy, 12-step support groups and family therapy. Some drug rehabs also offer music therapy, art therapy, or drama. Holistic treatment centers usually incorporate practices that treat mind, body, and spirit such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, equine therapy, and Tai-Chi. Regardless of the type of drug rehab you attend, your days in inpatient treatment are likely to be highly structured. Most drug rehab programs provide three meals a day and down time for personal reflection and meditation.

Drug rehab can be an invaluable process for someone trying to overcome an addiction.  Those that attend drug rehab are more likely to achieve long-lasting recovery.

If you or someone you know needs drug rehab, call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

Holistic Drug Rehab Centers Florida Give You Back Your Whole Being

Holistic Drug Rehab Centers In Florida, Giving You Back Your “Whole” Being Back.

Holistic drug rehab centers in Florida are extremely beneficial for addicts and alcoholics. Most people don’t understand exactly what the word holistic means. They usually know what kind of practices are under the category of holistic such as acupuncture or yoga. They don’t really know why these are called holistic though. Holistic by the book definition in medical terms is relating to the medical consideration of the whole person, physically and psychologically in the treatment of a disease. It’s a wellness approach that addresses the body, mind and spirit or the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual aspects of an individual.

Holistic drug rehab centers Florida are therefore focused on our entire beings and not just the physical or mental, but the entire make up of who we are. So for those of with the disease of alcoholism and addiction a holistic drug rehab center in Florida is almost essential to our overall health. Alcoholism is a physical, spiritual, and psychological disease, meaning it pertains to the body and the mind. So a holistic approach that tackles the human being as a whole instead of parts really benefits us.

Holistic drug rehab centers in Florida usually offer many holistic practices to improve spiritual as well as physical and mental health. A few of the practices that holistic drug rehab centers in Florida make available are:

  • aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda medicine
  • natural diet
  • exercise
  • counseling
  • herbal remedies
  • homeopathy
  • acupuncture
  • naturopathic medicine
  • bodywork
  • energy-based therapies
  • prayerful intention
  • Chinese medicine

 

These are just a few of the practices that make up a holistic drug rehab center in Florida. All of these things help to empower the mind, body and spirit. The spiritual aspect is the most important to me. I know for myself a holistic drug rehab center in Florida was exactly what I needed. I needed that misery inside my soul to be removed. I needed to recover from a pain so deep and I didn’t know how.

Holistic drug rehab centers made that possible. In fact I still use many of the those holistic practices mentioned above in my life today. It helps to keep my soul in fit spiritual condition. As long as I am in fit spiritual condition my alcoholism is arrested and I no longer feel the need or want to drink. Everything about this program and staying clean has been of a holistic nature. Holistic drug rehab centers in Florida  get down to the root of what our problem was. A spiritual malady was my problem. Not to say we were in great physical or mental health either, but you need something special to feed the spiritual side. That’s why holistic practices are so remarkable. Holistic drug rehab centers in Florida seem to especially understand this. That’s why they incorporate the type of healing they do into their programs. Holistic drug rehab centers are what can allow you and what allowed me to not only get physical health by soulful health.

If you or someone you know is suffering the spiritual, mental, and physical pains of alcoholism and addiction please call: 877-711-HOPE(4763) or go to www.palmpartners.com

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