True North Power Yoga is conveniently located in the quaint shopping plaza of Riverdale Farms on Rte. 10/202 (Simsbury Road) in Avon. We are an easily accessible from Avon, Simsbury, West Hartford, Canton, Granby and Bloomfield. Our address is 136 Simsbury Road, Building 6, behind Toshi Japanese Restaurant and directly across from the Lime Grill. Parking is vast and free.
True North Power Yoga Inc. 136 Simsbury Road Bldg. 6 Avon, CT 06001 Tel: 860-916-3272
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True North Yoga Therapy Addiction and Recovery program promises to transform lives of addicts with the healing practices of yoga. The program promises to teach clients to abstain from the short term pleasure of drugs and alcohol in order to have the long term pleasure of truly living and experiencing life, awake, aware, and present.
Yoga therapy for addiction teaches addicts to recognize the signs of relapse by reintroducing them to their physical bodies and by exploring and confronting the roots of addiction. Yoga supports relapse prevention by joining the both the body and the mind. This process is implemented through yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and inquiry.
Yoga philosophy provides an insight and teaches tools that create and encourage self- reflection. Yoga for addiction offers a holistic approach to recovery as it addresses the physical body, mind body, and spiritual body. Ultimately, yoga for addiction teaches individuals how to regulate their own nervous system and behaviors by turning inward to soothe and comfort rather than outward for destructive resources.
The ancient teachings of the east are used to help guide and support the client morally and ethically. It also encourages the client to create a new way being and thinking in the world. Yoga techniques teach addicts presence, awareness, and to stay when they want to bolt. Holding poses for example, retrains not only the muscular body for strength and endurance but also retrains the mind that everything is impermanent and this too shall pass. The staying power learned in yoga leads to the transformation that will ultimately save the life of an addict. Learning to stay can also translate to know when it’s time to go. Staying allows the addict time to think, feel, and wait out cravings, or change negative thoughts to positive thoughts. Staying power provides the platform for the "wisdom to know the difference".
Addiction is known as a separation from self and others. The word addiction is from the Latin term for enslaved by or bound to. The opposite of addiction is connection. The word yoga translates to union, wholeness, balance and connection. The practice of yoga is an integration of you and the connection with others. The skills taught in this yoga program will unite and support recovery through the integration of physical, mental and spiritual body with self and others. We believe the separation created by addiction is unnatural and artificial and that through the practice of yoga, integration is achieved. It is our belief that through connection with yourself and with others that recovery can be sustained.
The teachings of yoga philosophy and the excavation process through inquiry, brings awareness to how we are stuck in our belief systems and why we choose substances to bond rather than people. Yoga therapy for addiction teaches addicts to recognize the signs of relapse by teaching addicts how to recognize thinking patterns that lead to drugs and alcohol.
It is said that root of addiction is trauma. Trauma is a result from a life experience that remains stuck and blocks one’s ability to resolve such experience causing dysfunction at a biological, physical, emotional and spiritual level. This dysfunction disturbs and damages the nervous system leaving an individual with an unregulated nervous system. When a person of unresolved trauma is incapable of regulating their nervous system they will often to turn to external sources like substances in effort to find balance and comfort.
Yoga also addresses the physical body on a somatic level. Physical sensation stimulated by the physicalness of the practice directly addresses trauma as emotional memories are stored in our cellular body. For addicts, physical sensation and emotional vulnerability can lead to relapse. Yoga for addiction offers a holistic approach to recovery as it addresses, the physical body, mind body, and spiritual body. Yoga for addiction teaches individuals how to regulate their own nervous system by turning inward rather than outward for drugs, alcohol or other destructive resources.
The skills taught in this yoga program will unite and support recovery through the integration of physical, mental and spiritual body. We believe the separation of self and disconnection from human beings is created by addiction. We believe the natural innate human response is to bond and connect with others and through the teachings and practice of yoga true integration is achieved.
The combination of yoga, psychotherapy and the 12 Steps principles is a powerful framework for integrating the ancient teachings of yoga, modern western science of traditional psychotherapy and the practical tools of 12-Step Recovery. The program combines the 12 Step principles, community, methodology of yoga and integrity. With integrity as the foundation of this program, the intention is to bring full awareness and empower clients to sustain sobriety and abstinence by bringing, self-compassion, truth, choice, self-acceptance, mindfulness, balance, and courage into their lives. The intention is to embrace their addiction and fears by teaching them new coping skills, self-discipline, physical body awareness, as well as supporting their search for a spiritual and human connection. Many addicts find themselves longing for connection and empty for something bigger when they get sober. The 12 Step approach although speaks to importance of the physical body connection and spiritual importance, it is not a requirement or practice. Alcoholics Anonymous refers to the importance of the body mind connection, however, does not provide the tools for this to be cultivated. Yoga teaches and cultivates the body mind connection to support the addict in their spiritual search through social recovery and reconnection not only with self but with others as well.
True North Yoga Therapy Addiction and Recovery is a combination of individual, meditation, group therapy and a yoga practice. The time is divided into a meditation, inquiry or sharing circle, psycho-education, and yoga practice. The clients will practice meditation. They will be guided through imagery and body awareness meditation exercises. The clients will participate in a community share and group discussion on the topic chosen for that particular day. Clients will learn and understand the addicted brain and how yoga can help heal the brain of an addict. They will learn and understand addiction, tolerance, compulsions and treatment. The client will learn physical yoga postures that they will lead them back into their physical bodies creating a foundation for reconnecting them back to themselves and the larger world.
Addiction and Recovery Yoga - Coming soon: The combination of yoga, psychotherapy and the 12-Step principles is a powerful framework for integrating the ancient teachings of yoga, modern western science of traditional psychotherapy and the practical tools of 12-Step Recovery. The program combines the 12-Step principles, community, methodology of yoga and integrity.