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Yoga & Meditation

Yoga and meditation have been practiced by many cultures for centuries. Both are known to relax the mind and body while improving physical health. They’re also highly connected to each other, and often practiced together.

They’ve become very widespread in today’s society with many people practicing on different levels – from very casual to highly committed. They’ve also been found effective when used therapeutically for a variety of things, including addiction.

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Yoga and meditation for substance abuse are a big part of our treatment program here at Lily Recovery. In addition to traditional therapy, we offer a wide range of holistic practices that complement other forms of treatment beautifully.

Meditation and Yoga for Substance Abuse

The general benefits of yoga and meditation are undeniable, but how can these practices benefit those in addiction recovery specifically? There are a few ways:

Stress Relief

Struggling with addiction and going through treatment can be quite stressful. The more you can do to relieve stress and calm your mind, the better. There are many ways to do this and you’ll respond better to some things than others, but yoga and meditation are often very effective.

Even a few minutes of yoga and a short meditation each day can do wonders to align your thoughts, helping you relax and focus. Many people go to a yoga center for stress for this reason.

Improved Mood

Many people go to a yoga center for depression as well. Meditation for depression and meditation for anxiety are common practices, too, and this can be applied to addiction treatment.

Yoga and meditation can help improve your mood by calming and lifting your spirit. By practicing them regularly, you’ll maintain a better mood all around. This will help you stay motivated to get better and be more engaged in your therapy sessions. You’ll also have a better experience overall when you’re a little happier each day!

Yoga and meditation can also provide you with more energy. It does this in two ways:

  • You’ll feel rejuvenated and energized after a session, both mentally and physically.
  • Regular yoga and meditation sessions can help improve your sleep. By getting good-quality, uninterrupted sleep, you’ll wake up with more energy to start the day.

Increased energy will help you feel better overall and you’ll be more focused on your tasks and sessions each day. When you have more energy, you’ll also be better equipped to handle things like stress, triggers, and cravings. By properly reacting to these things, you’ll stay on track in your treatment rather than stepping backward.


Mindfulness is incredibly important when going through addiction recovery; so much so that several forms of therapy are based on it. For example, many people practice meditation for stress and meditation for anxiety because regular sessions improve mindfulness which can help with stressful and negative situations.

This is useful in therapy as treatment and recovery is often a bumpy road. By increasing your mindfulness abilities, you’ll be better prepared to deal with triggers, stressors, and other issues as they arise. Many people even use meditation for trauma as a way to stay more centered and help them manage.

Lastly, meditation and yoga can help you develop stronger self-awareness. With a calm and centered mind, you may come to realizations about yourself, your past, your various triggers, etc.

This can help you confront hard emotions, uncover buried feelings, and take ownership of your thoughts, behaviours, and actions. You’ll become better equipped to recognize triggers and cravings and deal with them in a strong, healthy, and direct way.

Address Mental Illness

Many people who struggle with addiction also suffer from mental health issues. Some are worse than others, but it’s common when dealing with addiction. Unfortunately, the issues and symptoms that come with mental illness can make recovery that much harder to achieve.

This is where yoga and meditation can be of great assistance. Many people go to a yoga center for anxiety, and using a yoga center for trauma is common as well. Many people use yoga for eating disorders as well as meditation for eating disorders.

Yoga and meditation not only center your mind and spirit in the moment but they help you build mental and emotional strength and resiliency. By addressing and mitigating the symptoms of any co-occurring disorders, recovering from addiction becomes a little easier.


Yoga and Meditation at Lily Recovery

Yoga and meditation are part of our comprehensive addiction treatment program for women. We offer regular yoga and meditation sessions to enrich your stay and complement your treatment, in addition to several other holistic practices and alternative therapies.

Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions and want to find out if our program is right for you!

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