Addiction: Yoga – Who Am I? (Part 3)

by Sue DeGregorio-Rosen, RN, CLNC, Contributing Editor

“She never mentions the word “addiction” In certain company
Yes, she’ll tell you she’s an orphan, after you meet her family”………..The Black Crowes.

 According to Sri Ramana Maharshi, happiness is with and can only be known through discovering one’s true self…….He proposes that Ananda (bliss) can be attained by inner inquiry and using the thought ” Who Am I?”.

 Yoga is used by some to alleviate pain, physical discomfort and to receive spiritual enlightenment.

 Although yoga is based on spirituality, its duality with the recovery process is supportive because the 12 steps of recovery adhere to similar spiritual principles.  Yoga can be used for energy management and relaxation and helps provide a way of being and interacting with the word we live in.

We tend to protect ourselves from real feelings, and we develop patterns, sometimes addictive patterns that shield us from our own vulnerability and sensitivities.  Addicts like to create distractions using substances to create space from deep emotional pain, however, using substances only pushes this unfelt pain that we feel too great to bear into a destructive nature that takes hold of our soul.  Our hearts are closed.  Each one of us vibrates our own unique aura personality.  It is our strength and a projection of the physical, emotional, and spiritual state at any given time.

“Your aura is the window that protects you, yet allows you and your intuition to see what’s next”……Victoria Rose (2022)

In the yogic teachings it is said that the use of drugs and alcohol has adverse effects on our aura and creates weakness.  This is one way addiction can enter our energy field.

Yoga teaches us how to let go of fears and release negative emotions.  We bring forth our fears and we let them surface.  We learn to breathe.  We gently and slowly breathe in our hearts and slowly breathe out from our heart center and feel the vastness of the universe.  

We practice, we learn, we breathe.  All of this to the many poses that work for us.  We take direction, we make amends, we become accountable.  This takes discipline, discipline for ongoing maintenance and we remain accountable to follow through in our practice.

The complementary natures of holistic care, using CBD therapy, talk therapy, and yoga in the recovery process flows with the steps of recovery.  These attributes are alive naturally in our heart chakra.  We learn to accept, we revisit trust, and we align our soul with a true spiritual awakening.  We practice compassionate detachment, letting go of people, places and things that no longer serve us in our disease.  We release our ego, because although we may be all different, we are also all the same.  We become aware, honest, grateful, and thankful.  We learn to trust our inner voice through meditation.   We finally learn unconditional love.

I will end with this………if you or someone you know is in recovery, remember the minute you take your first step into the life of your dreams, the first to greet you will be fear, nod and keep walking………Peace out, my friends.