Yoga and gentle exercise are used in the “mind-body” approach to treatment at The Buttery Private for mental wellbeing, substance misuse and other issues. Yoga and gentle exercise cultivate bodily awareness; people connect with their body and their breath and learn to sit quietly and look within.
Many people with the issues addressed at The Buttery Private find it difficult to be “present” or “in the moment.” Some have had the experience of “acting out” or using substances to change the way they feel. They may have low self-esteem and body image issues and may be looking outside themselves to fix this situation.
Studies have shown that yoga and gentle exercise increases the levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. This is significant because people who are suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse are all found to have low levels of GABA.
Yoga and movement also cultivate bodily awareness in a kind, nurturing way. With it comes compassion for oneself and over time a new ability to deal with stressful situations, leading to positive, lasting change.
Yoga practice can help break addiction patterns and self-defeating behaviours. Combined with other treatments such as massage, bodywork and nutrition, meditation and counselling, yoga can be a powerful agent for change.
The yoga program at The Buttery Private has been specially adapted to meet the therapeutic needs of participants, many of whom are new to yoga practice.