To solidify The Neurological and Leadership pillars stressing the importance of meditation, this is the Pillar of practice.
Recovering from addiction often leaves a person feeling disconnected because their substance abuse served as a way to disconnect from their mind and bodies.
Studies have shown the positive effects yoga and meditation can have on the fight-or-flight response, which is the body’s natural reaction to stressful and life-threatening situations. While this response is a survival mechanism, intended to save us from immediate physical danger, it can also be activated and experienced by thought alone.
Chronic stress and consistently elevated levels of the stress hormone Cortisol are a major underlying cause of most western illnesses and disease when left untreated. Elevated cortisol levels can contribute to panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, and feelings of anxiety and depression. When clients practice yoga and meditation on a regular basis, their cortisol levels naturally decrease. This gives the body a chance to return to homeostasis, and clients can develop a sense of connection and unity between mind and body.
This connection allows our clients bodies to heal. The physical impact of the fight-or-flight response such as elevated blood pressure, suppressed immunity, and an increased heart rate begin to normalize.