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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.

By Stacie Stukin

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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Gary

Beautifully written. Exactly what I was looking for for advice and some idea of what to do.

Hannah Kathyrn

I was addicted to heroin for well over three years... I decided one day that I couldn't do it anymore, and so I went to a doctor to help me detox. After detoxing from all drugs and clearing my body of the toxins, I decided to take a yoga class at my gym. I go every day at 10:30am. When I wake up, I meditate, and practice breathing techniques for thirty minutes. If I miss a day of practicing yoga, I don't feel good about myself at all. It keeps me sane, and has helped me recover from my scary thoughts and life threatening addiction.

mallikarjun

a usefull article

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