The Meadows has enriched the workshop experience for attendees by offering yoga as an adjunct benefit to all of its 5-day workshops. Group yoga will be offered twice during the workshop duration as a way to increase tolerance of feelings which allows participants to “go deep.”
Integrating yoga supports the connection between trauma and the brain and nervous system that is taught in our progressive psycho-educational workshop lectures. In addition to yoga and included in the cost of the workshop are gym privileges. These activities support the theory: move your body, move your feeling.
Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association). It’s been shown to improve the symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, sleep disorders, and even schizophrenia when it is practiced alongside drug therapy. Because yoga increases the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity, it is especially relevant to those with anxiety disorders in which GABA activity is low.
Researchers say it is the relaxation response of mind and body practices that lead to physical and mental health improvements. For the body to relax at the nerve and cellular level, it’s important to alter body processes that shift us biochemically from a state of excitement and tension to a state of calm, deep rest and relaxation.
The Meadows Can Help
The Meadows’ one-of-a-kind workshops offer healing and empowerment to individuals in various stages of their recovery. Our workshops address the needs of those who have just begun a recovery process as well as those who have been on a recovery path and may have hit a plateau or want to deepen their experience. Workshops can also be a source of renewal for anyone who has undergone treatment. Participants work on sensitive issues in a concentrated format allowing them to jump-start and enhance their personal recovery journey by gaining insight into unhealthy patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment.