Integrative Life Center takes a heart-centered approach to the recovery process. We understand that the path to recovery is unique for every person who walks through our doors.
With this in mind, we offer yoga therapy to our clients on their journey to wellness. Holistic therapies such as yoga support the recovery process. Yoga therapy can provide numerous mental, emotional, and physical benefits.
Yoga is a gentle yet powerful activity. For those struggling with substance use disorder or other mental health issues, yoga can be transformative. When paired with trauma-centered therapies, yoga can empower emotional breakthroughs and provide invaluable life skills.
Benefits of a Yoga Therapy Program In Treatment
Yoga is renowned for promoting relaxation and supporting a lifestyle of mindfulness. Yoga combines postures, breath, and meditation to create a deep connection to the self. By focusing on the breath and cultivating mindfulness of the body, our clients learn to control their thoughts and guide their feelings.
Over time, a regular yoga practice can lead to improved well-being, a renewed sense of self, and grounded emotions.
Other benefits of yoga in our program include:
- Increased relaxation and sense of calm
- Improved sleep
- Stress management
- Develop mindfulness
- Increased strength, balance, and flexibility
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved mood, energy, and vitality
- Emotional stability
- Improved impulse control
How is Yoga Therapy Used at Integrative Life Center?
Clients who embrace yoga therapy increase their chances of maintaining their recovery while improving their overall physical health. Thanks to the popularity of yoga, clients can continue their practice after they leave treatment.
The continued yoga practice provides a practical tool for building relationships and maintaining their recovery. Once back to their regular lives, the techniques and tenets of yoga therapy give clients a means to overcome triggers.
Substance Use Disorder & Yoga Therapy
Individuals who struggle with substance use often enter a recovery program only to discover the physical toll their addiction took on their bodies and their minds.
An extended period of substance use can damage body tissues and alter pathways in the brain, even changing brain chemistry.
This change in brain chemistry can have adverse effects on:
- Regulating emotions
- Making sound decisions
- Impulse control
Yoga creates an opportunity to strengthen and heal the body. Postures rid organs of toxins through gentle compression and twisting movements. The combination of poses and regulated breathing also lowers stress hormone levels.
Developing mindfulness through yoga practice provides invaluable tools to help prevent relapse. Awareness and grounding techniques help individuals navigate the complex emotions and thoughts experienced on the path to recovery.
Anxiety & Yoga Therapy
Yoga is excellent for grounding and self-soothing. Grounding pulls you back into your body, restoring the mind-body connection.
For those who suffer from anxiety disorders, developing skills to help center emotions and slow breathing can instantly alleviate symptoms like:
- Feeling nervous
- Increasing heart rate
- Breathing rapidly
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or hyper-focusing on a worry
- Difficulty sleeping
Integrative Life Center’s yoga treatment program helps clients let go of worry and fear through meditation, visualization, and breathing techniques.
Eating Disorders & Yoga Therapy
Yoga is embedded in self-compassion, mindfulness, and self-empathy.
The positive mindset yoga promotes can empower and enhance the recovery process for those struggling with eating disorders.
Combining our treatment programs with holistic practices helps clients in our care experience decreased anxiety, depression, and body image concerns.
Yoga Therapy & Complementary Treatment Modalities
Integrative Life Center’s program is based on integrative and holistic treatment models. We utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach while providing integrative, experiential, group, and individual services.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique that allows a person to access and reprocess a traumatic memory and resolve it.
- The Comprehensive Resource Model is a treatment method that clears and releases the deeply rooted causes of trauma. It helps reconnect a person to their true self, to “remember” who they are.
- Psychodrama sessions allow individuals to “act out” scenes from past experiences to process the impact of traumatic events on their lives. Sessions can be intense with unforeseen emotional releases.
- Breathwork sessions at Integrative Life Center combine conscious, connected breath practices with music, art, meditation, and movement. These sessions activate the body’s natural process of clearing mental, physical, and spiritual blocks.
What to Expect at Integrative Life Center
At Integrative Life Center, we are trauma-focused and heart-centered. We believe in leading with compassion and kindness. We do our work with equal parts integrity and confidence.
As an organization, being heart-centered is at our core. We value and respect others and their choices.
Our mission is to help you return to your authentic self.
We understand that each individual is on a unique path defined by their own life experiences. We believe recovery does not look the same for any two people.
We provide customized care to fit every person seeking to improve their lives through professional treatment.
We offer varying levels of care that meet our clients where they are. This continuum ensures that Integrative Life Center clients have the best possible outcomes and long-lasting recovery.