At Mandala, we understand that recovery happens breath-by-breath, which is why healing and practicing yoga are such a natural combination. Clients work through the yoga postures, finding their own way and uncovering recovery challenges and successes as they go.
The Purpose of Yoga in Recovery
The yogic view of addiction is that it is a separation from one’s true nature – a disconnection with the Self. Working through the subtle physical, emotional, wisdom and spiritual levels of the body, clients begin to uncover the reasons for this separation and begin to transition towards wholeness once again. They learn to let go of suppressive tendencies and regain their ability to feel on all levels.
The yoga mat is a “safe” place. As we find our shortcomings on the mat, we examine our fears. We look at ourselves directly and honestly with no judgment from others or ourselves. In this way, we find our way to the other side. Darkness turns to light, failures become successes, and tears become laughter.
Through yoga, we find our true nature and our life’s purpose. The veil starts lift as we experience our spiritual essence. Yoga peels back the layers of addiction to reveal the authentic being inside each one of us.
What To Expect
Yoga classes at Mandala are designed to be light and fun, with a focus on releasing tension.
Once clients get started with the gentle asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques), they start to feel more confident. As the class progresses, our yoga instructor builds upon a sequence of strength, endurance, balance and flexibility, which leads to a more challenging apex asana. The sequence is carefully broken down to help ensure success for everyone at some stage of the posture.
Sessions conclude with about 30 minutes of an easy-to-experience meditation technique called Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra brings awareness to the physical body through a guided method of very specific awareness. Through breath work and body conscious techniques, clients learn to surrender to stillness and to focus through visualization and positive affirmations. The goal is to reach sankalpa, which is the state between sleep and wakefulness. This is everyone’s favorite part of the class and concludes with various mudras (hand gestures) and chants of mantra (affirmations).
What Clients Think
Most Mandala clients are open to trying yoga and very few opt out if given the opportunity. Those clients who participate in the yoga program rarely miss a class and look forward to their time on the mat. Many reschedule appointments whenever possible so as not to conflict with their yoga.
Our instructor works with clients on any physical limitations to ensure they maximize their time on the mat without causing injury. Initial fears are quickly subsided through clear and attentive instruction regarding the entire process of getting into and out of each pose safely and correctly.
Our clients love and look forward to their yoga practice, feeling that their entire day starts out on the right foot when it begins with yoga. They feel calm and relaxed throughout the day and feel that their anxiety level is lowered. Feedback is always encouraged from our clients, so the instructor can then work on specific postures and hand gestures to address their unique concerns and enhance their personal journey of healing.