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The following posts about yoga in sobriety and recovery are written by members of the Boozemuisngs community, referencing their experience.
Yoga has been one of my solid sobriety tools. Even if you cannot get down onto a yoga mat, you can do some yoga sitting in a chair or lying on your bed. It’s not just about the physical movement, it’s about what is going on upstairs (your mind) and how you breathe. I also have begun to accept that it is ok to feel tired, frustrated, angry, disappointed and any other negative emotion you can name. Yoga helps me to stop and see that these emotions are not me, they are just feelings to my observations of what’s going on around me. And, looking at why we react in these ways. A lot of mine comes from feeling as though I’m not being heard and this links into my ability to speak out and ask for what I truly need. It’s an ongoing field of work for me. It isn’t going to change and be all better just because I’m aware of it. One day at a time I remind myself.
Getting sober and staying sober is not a passive occupation. My sober momentum has been supported by an exercise of body and mind – educating myself, being curious, connecting with a community of peers, yoga, ballet, walking, listening to my body and resting when I need, noticing beauty in small things. Laughing.
Are we there yet? Life is a glorious journey. Putting down the drink to live it fully is just the beginning.
There have been a few things that have come up since I stopped drinking and Finally, I am slowly learning how to unpick them, face them, smooth them, forgive them, move through them. I am learning to Grow!!!
Doing Yoga and meditation regularly is one of the ways that I have learned to mother myself. I wanted to share some yoga routines I do to make me feel good when I’m feeling empty.
Finally, FINALLY, we were relaxing/meditating to the Sound Healing, and I felt my body’s response. Every cell, every atom, every sub-atomic particle felt like it was in motion, dancing, more alive than it had EVER felt in my entire life. All the way home and throughout the rest of the evening, that explosive sensation of energy just kept on and on and on. I love the endorphin rush of a good workout or a great hike, but this is light years beyond that. Maybe if I had done a triathlon or climbed Everest or finished a 200-mile marathon I wouldn’t say that. But my endorphin rushes are pretty run of the mill.
Yoga has been my foundation for over 20 years. Only now am I doing it totally sober. Omg. But it prepared me for this.
There is no drug sweeter than my sobriety. The veil of illusion has dropped and all of alcohol’s power over me went with it, like the evil character in a movie dropping that cloak and disappearing in a puff of smoke. I’m just shocked that it worked for me so instantly, thoroughly and easily. I remember feeling a little foggy day 3-4 but it was nothing compared to hangovers.
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