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 DeseretNews.com , 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.