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Yoga Added to 12-Step Program at Kenai Facility

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in From Professionals

Yoga Added to 12-Step Program at Kenai Facility

The lifestyle changes one attempts during substance abuse treatment can be an arduous task at times, and some believe meditation can be a powerful healing tool. According to , doctors and addicts do not often consider meditation to be a pertinent part of the recovery program, but Lydia Bower of Serenity House disagrees.  Lydia, who is practiced in the healing power of yoga said, “I had read about and personally experienced the therapeutic benefits of yoga and decided to explore yoga as an option for our patients.”

Serenity House is part of Central Peninsula Hospital’s behavior health department.  The center offers recovery goals and ongoing support through 12-step meetings for those in recovery.  A local yoga studio owner runs a restorative yoga class twice a week at the center.  The class focuses on relaxation and stress management rather than the physical aspects usually associated with yoga.  This yoga is more soothing than strenuous, and the benefit to those in recovery can be tremendous.  It stimulates the immune system, and lowers heart rate and blood pressure.  Restorative yoga is believed to help fight depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, thus improving the quality of life.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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