Freedom from Addiction
Addiction can harm our physical and spiritual health and deeply affect those who love us. But people who struggle with dependencies are finding new hope through the calming and centering effects of yoga.
Laird has become a regular fixture at the Golden Bridge. When she first
started doing yoga, she cried during and after class. "But," she says, "I
knew I was in a healthy, supportive atmosphere, where I could allow these
emotions to surface." Those emotions still surface, but they no longer
smother her. When she experiences anger and depression, she can watch these
feelings melt away by using her breath to quiet her mind. "I no longer
succumb to the drama," she says with relief.
Stacie Stukin is a writer based in Los Angeles and a regular contributor to
Yoga Journal. Thomas Beall, MA and RYT, is a Tuscon, Arizona drug counselor
and Kripalu Yoga teacher.
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