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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD
One of the ways to get clearer in the head is to become more balanced in the body.
The series of poses in yoga called asanas work to safely stretch the muscles.

This can release the lactic acid that accumulates with muscle use; built-up lactic acid can cause tension, pain, fatigue, and stiffness. Yoga enhances the variety of joint motions and may also enhance joint lubrication. The outcome is flexibility throughout the body and a sense of ease. Certain styles of yoga use certain meditation methods that help quiet the “mind chatter” that commonly underlies stress.

Even beginners often report feeling more relaxed and less stressed after just one class.

Yoga not only feels good, research shows that it can be beneficial to one’s health.

yoga for addiction recoveryAmong the anti-stress benefits of yoga are a variety of biochemical responses. As an example, there is a reduction in excitatory neurotransmitters, and the hormones (for instance cortisol) which is created by the adrenal glands as a response to stress. Decreasing these levels — dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine — produces a feeling of relaxation. Some research suggests that a boost of the hormone oxytocin occurs during yoga. Oxytocin is often referred to as the “bonding” and “trust” hormone which is associated with feeling connected and relaxed with others and can generate a feeling of self love.

Alternative to Meds Center has found yoga to be helpful for many residents as a complementary therapy. Not only is yoga good for you, it feels good, it is gentle on the body, and it’s fun. Yoga is a wonderful way to connect with others in a non-threatening way — an important aspect of overcoming mental health and addiction issues.

Yoga not only feels good, research shows that it can be beneficial to one’s health.

Originally Published Sep 13, 2018 by Diane Ridaeus

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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