"In our physical yoga practice, when we commit to a pose, we are asked to remain present in often uncomfortable sensations for mind and body. When we intelligently identify the pain and choose behavior strategies outside of our vices, we invoke radical acceptance of ourselves and situations. Radical acceptance requires us to be calm and focused enough to identify fears without giving in to fight or flight tactics and reverting to any negative or addictive behaviors.”
-Tiffany, YOGA4YOU founder
Addiction and Recovery
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults battled a substance use disorder in 2017. Locally, recent data shows a rising death toll, from suburban and rural communities to urban centers.
Scientific research increasingly supports yoga and mindfulness as promising complementary therapies for treating and preventing addictive behaviors. Mindfulness methods teach tolerance and acceptance of negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Yoga4Healing can help individuals connect the body and mind to foster self-awareness and regulate stress and impulses through a safe and supported yoga practice.
“As renowned yoga instructor and healer Ana Forrest says, “Yoga helps us let go of the old stories that have chained us to our past so we can move into the uncharted territory of our future.”
During a Yoga4Healing session, we will practice balance, concentration, strength, and meditation on the yoga mat so these principals may be applied off the mat. We will soften to strengthen, learn to bend and not break, harmonize our feelings of vulnerability and security, and develop the strength of self-awareness to remain calm when triggers arise and circumstances feel overwhelming.”
-Tiffany, YOGA4YOU founder
The Justice System
Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have recent mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. When an individual is experiencing anxiety, the body assumes a fight or flight response. This is a common problem among individuals sentenced to imprisonment.
Research shows that yoga and meditation can improve symptoms related to anxiety and depression. Yoga and meditation increase the parasympathetic relaxation response and decrease the sympathetic nervous system’s reactive response. This shift allows the body and mind to calm down. Yoga4Healing improves the well-being of incarcerated individuals through mindfulness tools that will reduce stress, calm the mind, and lead to mental resilience.
Juvenile Justice System
The prevalence of youth exposed to trauma is believed to be high within the juvenile justice system. The effects of trauma can cause depression and anxiety as well as behavioral problems, such as aggression and defiant behavior. In fact, up to 70% of youth in juvenile justice system suffer from mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorder, ADHD, conduct disorder, and other conditions. Sadly, suicide is the leading cause of death for youth in confinement.
Studies have demonstrated that trauma-sensitive yoga can help individuals cultivate inner balance by calming the brain. In addition, neuroimaging has shown that practicing yoga activates the areas of the brain involving self-awareness, which sometimes get shutdown by trauma. Yoga4Healing encourages self-awareness and self-compassion in our youth through trauma-sensitive yoga techniques and mindfulness methods.
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