Yoga to get rid of drug addiction

Sobriety after substance abuse isn't easy. Learn how Yoga can help you quit substance abuse.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Home RemediesWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Sep 12, 2016Updated at: Sep 12, 2016
Yoga to get rid of drug addiction

Sobriety seems like an impossible objective for someone who is struggling with drug addiction. It's difficult to stay sober, let alone maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Addiction to drugs not only affects your life negatively but also prevents you from living a stress free life. However, some of the addiction sufferers may realize the negative factor in their lives and want to give it up. But as they say, some things are easier said than done, bringing about a positive change requires not just a strong will but also faith and direction. But if you really want to give up addiction, giving up should never be an option. 



But the important question here is how does one get rid of this habit? The road to recovery is full of bumps, pitfalls and setbacks but with the right treatment and support, you can reach your destination. But did you know that yoga can help you fulfil your quest of getting over drug addiction? Yes, practicing yoga will make you feel at peace with your body and mind allowing you to cope with uncomfortable feelings and sensations that may lead to relapse like anger, depression, sadness and anxiety.

According to a study conducted by Penn state, people who could not develop ways to cope with stress were more likely to relapse during recovery. The study found a link between stress and cravings to use a substance. Therefore, it becomes imperative to seek help of yoga to get in touch with your body again.

Here are some yoga asanas that will help you withdraw once and for all.


Paryankasana or the couch pose

  • Lie down flat on your back.
  • Fold one leg and place it by the side of your hip.
  • Try to keep your knees together.
  • Make sure that your head, neck and rest of the body are in one straight line.
  • Breathe normally while practicing this pose.
  • Repeat the same for the other leg.
  • You can also practice this asana by folding both legs simultaneously.


Paschimottanasana or the seated forward bend pose

  • Keeping your back erect, sit on the floor.
  • As you inhale, stretch your legs in front of you.
  • Keep your knees firm and make sure that you don’t bend them while doing the asana.
  • While you exhale bend forward, hold your toes and try to touch your forehead to your knees.
  • Maintain the pose for 10 seconds. Return to the starting position as you inhale.


Matsyasana or the fish pose

  • Sit in Padmasana or Sukhasana
  • Take support of the hands and elbows and lie back.
  • Keep the hands bent over your head.
  • Observe normal breathing.


Garudasana or the eagle pose

  • Standing twist one leg around the other so that the toe touches the back of erect lower leg, while exhaling.
  • Maintain balance while increasing pressure of ankle lock.
  • Now repeat the same with the other leg. Same arm as leg twists around other arm to join palms together.
  • Maintain pose. While inhaling, return to the starting position.


Halasana or the plough pose

  • Lie down with your back on the floor.
  • Slowly lift your legs straight up taking care to not bend your knees.
  • Lift your hips off the floor.
  • Now, slowly lift your lower back as well and support your body by forming a stand with your arms.
  • Now take your legs towards your head and try to touch the floor above your head with your toes.
  • Maintain the pose and slowly return to the starting position.


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