Yoga and Meditation for Recovery

Yoga and meditation are powerful tools when recovering from substance addiction or mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or trauma.

Studies have shown that the physical and meditative effects of yoga and sitting meditation, when practiced within a comprehensive rehabilitation program, can be extremely beneficial to support recovery and maintain ongoing health and wellbeing.* 

Yoga and Meditation Aid in Recovery

At The Bay, we believe a complete recovery requires treatment that caters to the whole person. The physical and meditative aspects of yoga practice can be extremely helpful for those in recovery, in ways not typically seen in traditional medicine. We offer yoga and meditation as part of your recovery program because:

  • Yoga is a meditation practice that uses the body and breath to move towards a peaceful inner awareness. This awareness promotes mindfulness, a state of consciousness that helps you to acknowledge your own thoughts and feelings calmly, while training you to become more aware of your own motivations and behaviours. Mindfulness can be practiced during meditation and over time, can be extended into your everyday life.
  • Yoga helps reduce stress by bringing you into the present moment, increasing emotional resilience and providing a physical outlet for pent-up emotions such as anger or grief. The physical exercise in yoga increases natural endorphins that help you feel happy and calm naturally. Exercise is a crucial component of holistic treatments for recovery. Our yoga teachers create a safe space where you can learn or deepen your yoga practice, in the way that is right for you.

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Training One-to-One with Your Personal Instructor

Yoga offers time honoured physical, mental and spiritual benefits. At The Bay, your personal yoga instructor will provide you with one-to-one training, always ensuring your safety and comfort. The focus is on your healing; the process is as gentle or deep as you choose to go, guided by your own physical abilities.

At The Bay, your yoga training commences at the level with which you are most comfortable, and will focus on the practices that are personally beneficial to you. Regardless of your level of experience with yoga or meditation, all that matters is what you are able to gain from the practice and how it supports you in your recovery journey. 

If you would like to know more about the benefits of meditation and yoga in your Bay Retreats program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +61 2 6684 4240 (Australia) or +1 310 220 0352 (USA).



* Source: Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention website ( and Complementary Therapies Primer, Prepared for the American Medical Student Association's 1995 Preconvention Conference: “Back to Tradition and Forward to the Future” by Ann Schwentker, Editor and Laura Vovan, Contributing Writer.

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