Yoga, meditation and other practices involving connectedness and breath work have been utilized for thousands of years – and are still proving to contribute greatly to overall health and wellness. These practices have also proven to be essential components of recovery from addiction, trauma, and related emotional and psychological impairments.
At Next Chapter, we strive to provide a well-rounded treatment program to our patients. This includes a comprehensive approach that adequately addresses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Our patients will participate regularly in differing spiritual exercises, including various styles of yoga, meditation, and breath work. These three different styles of spiritual exercise have a synergistic effect and give patients a variety of methods to experiment with. At Next Chapter, we strive to give our patients every opportunity to learn new therapeutic techniques that can intensify the effectiveness of our program and provide helpful tools for life-long success.
Our instructors have developed specialized programs tailored to addiction and recovery. They have been selected for their expertise and abilities to connect on a deep level with our patients. Our instructors provide a safe and relaxed platform for patients to explore deep internal work, which allows our patients to release deep-seated trauma, negative emotions, limiting belief systems, destructive mental conditioning, and unhealthy behavior patterns. Incorporating Yoga, meditation, and Breath-Work into the treatment process also helps patients release fear, anger, and pain, integrating the body, mind, and spirit.
Experts in Yoga regard the breath to be the “bridge between the body and the mind.” With thorough practice, Breath-Work can be a significant tool for healing. Like meditation, different styles of Breath-Work can have different physiological and psychological effects. Our instructors are experienced in these different techniques. For example, the Pranayama technique, or alternate nostril breathing, balances the right and left brain hemispheres and nervous systems creating various positive results including stress relief. Another technique our instructors contribute, called Bhastrika, involves faster-paced breathing that increases blood flow to all nerves, organs, and tissues. Addiction, trauma, and other forms of emotional blockage can create damage to the body and mind. These intensive Breath-Work sessions are designed specifically to produce deep healing effects and contribute to the restoration of the body and nervous systems.
The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and its practice is meant to harmonize both the body and mind together into one experience. The entire system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, meditation, and breathing. The different exercises of Yoga are designed to increase the efficiency and total health of the human body. Yoga is suitable for most adults of any age or physical condition. Even those with physical limitations can find a gentle Yoga routine to be beneficial. Yoga is not only a set of poses and exercises that make the body flexible and strong, it also incorporates meditation and breathing, which are equally significant. Yoga is a wonderful exercise that is gentle, yet powerful enough to produce very positive changes in the body and mind of those in early recovery. Yoga has proved to be a very healthy exercise that works the muscle groups, blood flow, and joints of the body. Yoga has many benefits including, improved respiration, energy, and vitality. Our instructors will lead various different Yoga styles that reflect the individual or group needs. The benefits of the Yoga styles our instructors provide to our patients include enhanced physical health to strengthen the body, focus to remove obsessive thinking and compulsivity, and balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Our instructors are experienced in these specific techniques that help stimulate the nervous system and heal the damaging effects of addiction.
Meditation is a widely recognized practice technique for stress reduction and mental transformation. Meditation helps individuals find an easier approach to a quieter mind, allowing for silence and healing from reoccurring and everyday stress. The practice of meditation has shown to be an excellent tool for those with increased levels of anxiety and depression. At Next Chapter, our instructors will lead, teach, and guide patients on a variety of meditation methods that are useful for individuals in recovery. These techniques will include forms of mindfulness, transcendental, and guided meditations. Our instructors will blend their Yoga and meditation styles to appeal to individual and group needs. Our instructors are experienced in both modern and ancient styles of meditation to produce different results in the physiological as well as the psychological level for our patients. Meditation is also a vital part of the 12-Step process. The 11th step emphasizes the importance of utilizing prayer and meditation for spiritual growth.
Breath-Work is a practice in which the conscious control of breathing is meant to influence the mental, emotional and physical condition and provide a therapeutic effect. Breath-Work and certain breathing techniques teach individuals how to increase breath control in order to improve the health and function of both the body and mind.
My journey (and growth!) of these last several months has been tremendous, and I could not be more grateful to Next Chapter and all involved for your part in helping me to open my eyes and heart to a self-awareness I have not had in a very, very long time. I took your suggestions from our first initial conversations of getting back to 12 step meetings, counseling and my own inward continued journey. I express genuine, true heartfelt thanks for that