Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Benefits of Yoga in Recovery from Substance Abuse

Good morning,

Today we share an article from Addiction Resource, entitled 'Yoga – Why it’s Great for People Recovering From Drug Abuse.' "Prescription and illicit drug abuse is a looming health problem in the US. In fact, it is a major cause of rising healthcare expenses, a general deterioration of health, as well as socio-economic issues. There are various approaches to treating drug abuse. These include medication-assisted detox, controlled drug therapy, counseling and other psychiatric support.'

'Recently, there has been a rise of inclusion of yoga in drug addiction recovery programs. In relation to this, medical researchers are pursuing further studies to clarify the role of Yoga in drug addiction recovery programs."

With more and more recovery programs integrating yoga, they are finding tremendous results. So how is yoga helping?

"A melding of the various physical and mental techniques involved in the different forms of yoga has been shown to have the most positive effects, physically, mentally and emotionally. The belief that yoga is also a spiritual pursuit helps increase its effectiveness in terms of bestowing a more relaxed mental state onto the one practicing it.

Since most meditation practices involve management of the mind’s energy and impulses, practitioners of yoga and meditation experience greater mood stability in the face of outside pressures. Having a calm mind and being mentally stable can contribute to the avoidance of self-harming behaviors and activities, like substance abuse.

Brain scans performed on substance abusers reveal hyperactivity in regions of the brain that signify a greater propensity to be self-interested and vulnerable to mood and behavioral disorders. Yoga and meditation strive to release a person from the concept of the self, something that goes back to the core principles of yoga.

Practitioners of yoga and meditation display a greater connectivity of all regions of the brain. They are able to achieve a sort of cerebral balance that the brains of substance abusers do not have, since most of their brain activity focuses on satisfying their immediate physical needs (addiction)." To view the original article and continue reading more on how yoga is helping people recover, visit the link here.

If you or someone you know is struggling or are seeking clarity in other areas of your life, contact us at: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/ for your free 30-minute consultation.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How Changing Just 1% Of Your Day Can Completely Transform Your Life

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing a great and thought-provoking article from our friends at Mind Body Green.

"Each of us shares at least one thing in common: We all have at our disposal 1,440 minutes in a single day. What we do with that time, however, is what ultimately makes us different.

As a life experiment, what would happen if you took just 1 percent of those 1,440 minutes, just 14 minutes and 24 seconds, roughly 15 minutes a day, and consciously tried to change your life? You can keep the other 99 percent of your day to do what you have to do—eat, sleep, go to work, take care of the kids, attend school, drive your sister to the doctor, surf your smartphone. Just 15 minutes. What would happen?"

Click here to read the full article and learn how to start taking action and possibly make a difference in your life.

"Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Create a daily ritual where you can cultivate silence, read, pray, or meditate.
  • Go for a walk or get a set of dumbbells and start lifting weights.
  • Practice an instrument. You might not become Mozart or Taylor Swift, but in one year’s time, you’ll be able to play songs on a piano or guitar.
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier so you’re not so rushed in the morning or go to sleep 15 minutes earlier every night.
  • Call someone you love."

To learn more about taking the first step to change your life, visit us today at www.innerpassagestherapy.com

Monday, April 9, 2018


Good morning to you,

Today we are sharing a recent article from Collective Evolution entitled 'What Happens to People Who Meditate for the First Time.' As you know we believe in many forms of healing to encompass the holistic health and wellness. Meditation can be one of those tools used and as most people know that long-term practice can have healing effects on the body, there haven't been too many studies done about first-time meditators.

"Sara Lazar, a Harvard researcher, has gained quite some notoriety detailing how the brain actually grows grey matter when people meditate. Other studies have shown that meditation improves IQ, and lessens depression. In addition to these benefits, meditation also:

  • Reduces alcohol and substance consumption, reduces blood pressure (Chiesa, 2009),
  • Decreases anxiety, depressive symptoms, and relapses (Coelho, Canter, & Ernst, 2007; Kim et al., 2009)
  • Helps patients suffering from various types of chronic pain (Chiesa & Serretti, in press)
  • Lowers the incidence of stress (Chiesa & Serretti, 2009)
  • Aids cancer patients (Ledesma & Kumano, 2009)

Most people think they have to meditate for years before they start seeing any of these improvements, but a study conducted by Chiesa, Calati, and Serretti shows that after just eight short weeks of meditation, people start to experience improved cognitive functioning."

What else can meditation do for those experiencing it for the first time? Click here to read the original article link and learn more!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

3 Unexpected Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Health

Good morning,

We know that improving your mental health is something that can't be done overnight. It's also a complicated process that is different for everyone. Professional help might be just the thing you need to get started but if you are hesitant or still searching for the right professional to speak to, here are three unexpected things you can do to try and take the first steps toward a better you.

The following is from an article shared from Red Willow Therapy.
"Although in society mental self-care often takes a backseat to physical self-care, you cannot afford to neglect it. Your mental and emotional health affect not only your mood but also your sleeping patterns, how you make choices, your relationships with others, how you deal with stress, and even your physical health."

1.) Give to Others
There are a lot of reasons why giving to others helps not only the world around you but also you and your mental wellbeing.

2.) Break Up Your Routine
It may come as a surprise, but doing something as simple as breaking up your routine can actually make you more mentally healthy.

3.) Create Play Time
Perhaps the most unexpected way you can improve mental health is by playing. Playing is actually one of the best ways you can strengthen your mental health and instantly improve your mood.

If you are looking for a caring, non-judgemental therapist to help you in whichever direction you want your inner being to strive toward, contact Pauliann today at: www.innerpassagestherapy.com.  
She have been practicing as a licensed therapist in the Washington Metro area for nearly 20 years and is both a problem solver and listener at heart, which led her on her own journey to become a therapist, life coach, and holistic medicine practitioner.

To read the full article and dig a little deeper into each one of the three suggestions, click here.