Breaking the Cycle: How Yoga Can Help Heal Addiction

By
Lynn Crimando, MA, C-IAYT
yoga for substance use disorder

More than 24 million Americans struggle with either alcohol or drug abuse, according to a 2014 survey by The Substance Use and Mental Health Services. Chances are, someone you know and love is in that struggle.

While twelve-step programs and talk therapy can go a long way toward recovery, Yoga offers hope and another dimension of help for people who seek comfort from destructive behaviors.

New Study Shows Yoga Offers Cumulative Benefits for Depression

Compelling research continues to mount showing the positive effects of yoga on depression. A new, randomized controlled study suggests that weekly hatha yoga classes could improve depression symptoms by over... Read more

Yoga Relieves Symptoms and BioMarkers of Depression New Study Shows

Depression affects 17 million American adults each year, and is the most significant mental health risk for women. New research shows that yoga may help to alter several symptoms and biomarkers of depression. Read more

6 Ayurveda Tools to Reduce Stress, Depression and Anxiety

In spite of the many advances in the field of mental health, it is estimated that about 1/3 of our population is suffering from some form of diagnosable mental illness at any given time. The cost of mental... Read more

Preventing Chronic Disease: Yoga May Alter Gene Expression Linked to Inflammation

Chronic stress, and the resulting inflammatory response, is a known cause of numerous illnesses. Although yoga is found to reduce stress and increase wellbeing, we know little about the molecular mechanisms... Read more

How Yoga Helped One Teacher Overcome Anxiety and Depression

How does yoga affect lives? For one example, read this moving interview with yoga teacher Amanda Reh, who teaches wildly popular donation based yoga classes in Orlando, Florida. Amanda talks with writer... Read more

New Study Shows that Mindfulness Is Effective for Depression

Recurrent depression is a tough disease to battle. Like most mental heath issues, sufferers appear outwardly fine. On the inside, however, you may experience a lack of energy, loss of interest in many... Read more

10 Steps to Access Your Goodness and Change Your Life

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” ~Henry David Thoreau Once upon a time, a Native American elder was telling his grandson a story of two wolves that live in each one of us and wage a daily... Read more

Yoga Is Not a Standalone Treatment for Psychological Disorders

Recently, I was contacted by a well-intentioned, experienced yoga teacher who was hoping to learn some effective stress management techniques in the hope that she could teach them to a friend who was suspected of being suicidal. Read more
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One Small Step at a Time: Patricia Walden on Yoga for Depression

"Take a step, no matter how small”. This was the advice of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar to Patricia Walden some 40 years ago when she sought help to deal with recurring depression. Little by little, one small step at a time, progress can—and will—be made. Read more
Pros and Cons of Depression Treatment Options

Pros and Cons of Depression Treatment Options

Many individuals fighting depression report positive changes in mood and attitude when they introduce yoga into their weekly exercise routine. Yoga for depression and yogic breathing exercises can offer a natural approach to help combat depression, whether in conjunction with other treatments or on its own. Read more