Friday, November 18, 2016

Kundalini Yoga for addiction

Building self love and confidence takes extreme inner strength--a strength essential for navigating the tempest of life. Kundalini Yoga is both a mental and physical practice that is beneficial for bodies and for life. It isn’t all about the exercise. Kundalini Yoga helps one create a happy, healthy, holy life and is a great fit for both men and women of all ages. Read on to learn how Kundalini Yoga became the driving force in Long Time Sun Apparel owner, Kyla Rose Maher’s recovery from addiction.
This article was originally posted on the Kundalini Yoga Boston Blog

Photo courtesy of Kyla Rose at Kundalini Yoga
There once was a 16 year old girl who desperately wanted to be noticed.  She wanted nothing more than to fit in, be popular, and ultimately feel loved.  

She started a diet to be “more healthy” and started running to get “in shape”.  She lost a few pounds and people noticed.  She soon began to feel a “high” every time she saw the number go down on the scale.  It gave her a sense of accomplishment.  She started to feel attractive.

Food and losing weight quickly became all she thought about during the day.  It consumed all of her thoughts and dictated every decision. She ended up losing 40 lbs off her very normal sized frame that summer.  Her fixation with food became her best friend.  It was what she turned to to cope with life on a day-to-day basis.   

From there came obsession, isolation, depression, anxiety, and eventually hopelessness. Her eating disorder had completely taken over her life by the time she hit college, and she would continue to struggle with anorexia and bulimia nervosa into her mid 20s.   

As you most likely have sensed, that 16 year old girl was me. After living in a world of comparisons, judgments, and competitions, the simple act of closing my eyes during the yoga was an immensely profound and healing experience for me.  Kundalini Yoga was the driving force behind my recovery. The practice allowed me to process a lot of issues I’d never faced and many emotions I’d never allowed myself to feel…. [continue reading...]

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