Introduction by: Justin Mckibben
We have shared some excellent stories of Palm Partners Alumni who have done some amazing things. Recently I had the privilege of speaking with one of our Palm Partners Alumni, Jeff Salinas. We spoke about how his recovery has helped him achieve some incredible things in the last few years. Jeff attended treatment with Palm Partners back in 2015. Ever since getting his second chance he has been on an inspiring journey to an astonishing transformation. Today, we are all so proud to share his story.
When I reached out to Jeff, it was in regards to the Indialantic Boardwalk Triathlon he is set to compete in this weekend. After connecting on Facebook, I sent Jeff a message asking if he would be interested in sharing his story with our blog on Palm Healthcare Company’s website, so we could share it with the world! Jeff replied that he had been writing quite a few things about his transformation that we would like to share. He told me he would happily help us spread his “ongoing recovery stories as a beacon of hope for others still continuing with the struggles of any addictive behavior”.
In one message Jeff offered up an awesome story he wrote about the power of healing through yoga. As a yoga teacher with Palm Partners, I was elated to hear someone talking about the physically and mentally restorative practice of yoga. I thoroughly enjoyed this writing, and I surely hope someone else will too. Here is what Jeff has to say:
“The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You”
April 14, 2016
How Yoga Saved My Life.
It was a little over a year ago as I was wallowing away in despair in a detox center for treatment. I mean, you can only do so much in there. After I had enough in my room trying to read or watch tv, I decided to wander around the cafeteria. Hmmm.. The bulletin board. Blah… Blah… For lunch..blah.. Blah… For dinner… Hmmm.. Yoga.. later this evening. I signed up for it right away.
I for one had a huge amount of anxiety while in detox. Nonstop pacing, walking aimlessly around the center, like I said one can only do so much, so you can see the anticipation I had when I found out they were having a Yoga Class in there. And there she was, her presence alone can calm a crying baby, pretty much what I was in there. As I helped her lay out the mats and prep the library/sitting/TV room, I asked her if she was in recovery. She said 21 years.
Throughout that moment in practice, that hour and some minutes I was taken to a different place. You want to know where that was? I was taken to me, in my present moment, my breath, my physical posture. I was in me. For so F’n long I escaped me every waking moment I had either that was alcohol/chemically induced or complete utter destruction of self through physical fitness. But that calm and serene moment, I felt, well, I felt me; completely whole and organic, Non-GMO what have you.
From then on I continue the practice of Yoga, as it truly has a mystical and magical way of healing. By no way at all am I cured from my addiction, I am simply aware that a next drink for me will definitely be the kiss of death. So I continue to do what has been working for me, as well as to engage myself to forego the ultimate endurance challenge; The Ironman Race as I now train for this level headed and clear with with acknowledgment to my body learned through the practice of Yoga. On another note which explains my nightly yoga picture post in my Tri-shorts apparel.
So, this was my #Transformation #Throwback
May you all have peace within yourselves and find the solace that’s needed through our struggles in whatever they may be.
To follow up on what Jeff has written, the integration of the mind, body and spirit through yoga is one way holistic healing changes lives, and sometimes even saves them.
Mindfulness and meditation are a powerful forms of holistic treatment for people struggling with substance use disorder or addiction, and even the most basic meditation techniques can have a significant influence to ease severe pain, reduce anxiety and other symptoms of depression, and even improve heart health. Yoga and transformational breath work help to promote self-awareness, and align the body and the mind with a new healthy pattern. The philosophy of yoga speaks a lot about self-study, discipline and compassion. Yoga also teaches people how to let go and seek love and connection. The power of yoga cannot be overstated.
Thanks again to Jeff for spreading some empowering and enlightening truth with us. We look forward to more insights into your adventures.
We are happy to cheer for our Palm Partners Alumni, and excited to share the message Jeff shared with us about the power of yoga and the importance of finding peace and setting your own path in recovery. Real recovery is possible. Drugs and alcohol do not have to keep you from the life you dream of having. If you or someone you love is struggling, please call toll-free now. We want to help. You are not alone.
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Author: Shernide Delva
Breathing is something we have to do every day, however often we lose sight of how incredibly valuable breathing can be. Without breathing, you can not live. Each breath we take allows oxygen to feed our cells. Unless you are breathing deeply, your body is not getting the most oxygen it is capable of, nor is it releasing toxins for optimal health. Our mental and emotional state can be affected by our breathing patterns. It is possible to transform our attitude by changing the depth, rhythm and rate of our breathing.
Transformational Breath ® is a self-empowering healing system that can help you have more energy, feel more peaceful, and achieve a higher level of consciousness. This breathing technique works by guiding people to follow a specific breathing pattern that has incredible healing benefits.
Transformational Breath ® has been shown to:
- Release repressed feelings and emotions
- Improve energy levels
- Stimulate circulation throughout the body
- Balance the flow of energy throughout
- Clear past drama and traumas
- Relieve depressive and negative emotions
- Enhance awareness of self-sabotaging patterns
How is this possible?
It may be hard to believe that something as simple as breathing could have such an impact on your life. However, transformational breath works because most people restrict their breathing to avoid experiencing unpleasant feelings. For example, in very nervous situations, most people restrict their breathing and do not get adequate amounts of oxygen.
By holding our breath, we deactivate our feelings. Keeping those emotions repressed (held in the subconscious) requires a tremendous amount of energy and creates chronic tension in our bodies. Those repressed feelings affect our behaviors in a negative, self-sabotaging way.Transformational breathing works because old patterns are restructured using breath. Ultimately, you can move past your limitations and lead a more joyful and healthy life.
The most useful part of transformational breath is that it focuses on helping you channel in on what you want to create in your life, instead of just focusing on the past.Transformational breath is not a magic pill solution, however trying it has immense benefits. Plus, it is natural, safe and healthy. Even if you do not have significant health issues, transformational breath can help you experience a more authentic sense of self and may help you become more spiritually connected.
How Transformational Breath Helps In Recovery
Transformational Breath is an excellent tool to help in overcoming addiction. It is often utilized in the substance abuse field as an aid in healing and an enhancement to traditional therapy. Transformational Breath is an excellent addition to a holistic treatment program. A treatment center that provides a more balanced approach to recovery often includes transformational breath as part of a client’s treatment plan. It is so important to try all types of holistic treatment options that can be very beneficial.
When doing transformational breath, a certified facilitator will observe your breath and see where your breath is being held. The facilitator will locate and help you release any blockages you may have. There are many techniques that can be used. Some examples are body adjustments, sound techniques, and positive affirmations. All these tools work to get your breath opened and moving again.
Each experience is unique, but you can expect to experience some impressive visuals, and get an idea of where your energy is blocked and where it is free-flowing. Transformational Breath can help those in recovery revisit memories, conflicts, and traumas from the past.
The only way to know how transformational breath can benefit you is by trying it yourself. In recovery, it is important to open yourself to new experiences. Everyone is different and often through being open, you can find something that will work for you. Remember abusing substances is never the answer. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.