Yoga, Ayurveda and 12 Step Recovery Waterville ME

Many who desire to stop their addictive/compulsive behaviors turn to the numerous 12 Step Programs available nowadays. The most remarkable aspect of these 12 Step Programs is the fact that only the first of the twelve steps makes any mention of the addictive substance or act. Find out more about the "12 Step Programs".

School Street Yoga
(207) 330-1450
5 School Street
Waterville, ME
Yoga Styles
Variety available at Studio

Maine Medical Center
(207) 662-2632
216 Vaughan Street
Portland, ME
Services
Yoga, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Other, Music Therapy, Meditation, Guided Imagery
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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YOGA ON YORK
(207) 363-9642
250 York Street
York, ME
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Flow Yoga and BodySense with Sue

Shakti Yoga Studio
(207) 457-2298
44 Emery Mills Rd.
Lebanon, ME
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Ashtanga

Yogasattva Research Institute
0039-3493060250
Via Silipigni 35
Taormina, ME
Yoga Styles
Integral yoga; Iyengar yoga

LITE Works Yoga
(207) 446-5999
463 Riverside Drive
Augusta, ME
Yoga Styles
Hatha

Ashtanga Yoga Community Portland
(207) 232-3776
496 Congress Street
Portland, ME
Yoga Styles
Mysore Style Ashtanga

Greentrail Wellness - Yoga, Massage & Polarity
(207) 212-8036
123 Libby Road
Leeds, ME
Yoga Styles
Iyengar Style

Yoga Center Of Maine, Inc.
(207) 786-0100
336 Center Street
Auburn, ME
Yoga Styles
Iyengar style, Flow, Gentle, Beginner Ba

Explore Italy
(207) 829-4626
314 Blanchard Road
Cumberland , ME
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Anasura, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtan

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Yoga, Ayurveda and 12 Step Recovery

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Yoga, Ayurveda and 12 Step Recovery

Durga B.A., Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, Certified Yoga Instructor.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Many who desire to stop their addictive/compulsive behaviors turn to the numerous 12 Step Programs available nowadays. The most remarkable aspect of these 12 Step Programs is the fact that only the first of the twelve steps makes any mention of the addictive substance or act. Sobriety is described as a "daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition". Our opportunity for genuine spiritual fulfillment is strengthened when we weave together the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the practical tools of recovery programs. Together they offer us a truly empowering personal program of recovery.

"To Thine Own Self Be True" is commonly used in 12 Step Programs, this directly relates to the basis of health described by the Sanskrit word "Svastha" which means 'to be established in the self'. Ayurveda, like 12 Step recovery work, is designed for those who are ready to take responsibility for themselves. Ayurveda views the each individual as a unique expression of the five elements, refined into 3 essential doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha - biological humors). Knowledge of your Ayurvedic constitution can be of great benefit in recognizing your addictive behaviors and the needs and vulnerabilities that underlie them. Vata types are prone to addiction and they are the most easily and severely damaged by them. They usually become addicted to substances that reduce their pain, worry, anxiety and insecurity. Pitta people adopt addictions that keep them at the high level of intensity and activity that they associate with success. Pitta people tend to be self-righteous and have a hard time recovering unless they are convinced it is in their best interest. Kapha people may use substances to stimulate them as they tend toward lethargy and often fall into food addiction because of poor eating habits. These individuals have the strongest systems and can take more abuse from bad habits. Consequently, they have the hardest time recovering.

By understanding your Ayurvedic constitution, you can learn the areas in which you may become vulnerable when you are under stress – and you can determine what kinds of activities and changes in your lifestyle can best help you restore balance in mind and body. Ayurveda offers simple and practical methods to maintain health and prevent disease through the use of such tools as proper daily and seasonal routines. It revitalizes the body’s systems and boosts the immune system giving you a strong foundation in health to face the challenges and stresses of daily life without resorting/relapsing into old addictive behaviors.

All addictions are part of a psychological pattern of dependency. This must be addressed through efforts to contact the true Self that is independent and transcends environmental influences. In this regard the 12 ...

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