Yoga and Recovery
Now Yoga. Sutra 1:1
The word Yoga is commonly translated as Union. Yoga as a system of Self-Realization is unites the layers of our being so that our true, eternal Self can shine forth. We unite body, mind, and spirit through the breath.
Addicts are often described as having fractured personalities (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, acting in ways that are as mysterious to us as they are to those around us, etc).
Yoga aids in Re-integrating our Fractured Personalities.
We have instincts that we can feel in our body when we are in the present moment. Through events that are beyond our control or active addiction we lose our connection to our gut feeling.
We can recall a time when our body told us not to do something and we didn’t (or couldn’t ) listen. We gradually learn to ignore the messages of our body because active addiction corrodes our inherent desire for centered and connected living. I learned to ignore basic messages of hunger, thirst, fatigue, physical safety. I lost touch with my desire for love, life, and Joy.
By the time I experienced the miracle of utter desperation and got clean, I didn’t know anything my body needed. I don’t know if I’m tired, hungry, thirsty, or have awareness of any basic physical needs because I was so used to just following whatever my dis-eased mind told me to do.
Without a way to connect to the container that my spirit is housed in, it was impossible for me to to get in touch with the truth of who I am or how I want to live. That information, the truth of what we are is above the instincts of the gut, it’s in the heart center. I couldn’t follow my gut instincts to the wisdom of the heart.
This practice of breathing and moving brings me into the present moment to become reacquainted to the sensation of the body re-aligning the instinct of the gut, the wisdom of the heart and the intellect of the mind. The still, small voice of conscience that Mahatma Ghandi refers to, is heard when the gut and the intellect align to allow the light of the heart to shine through.