Q & A about Addiction and Yoga
Question: What do you consider to be an addiction?
Answer: An addiction is anything you cannot stop on command. It can be to substances, smoking, alcohol, co-dependent relationships, food issues and eating disorders, even lying, boasting, and advancement can be an addiction.
Question: Why are people becoming more addicted to things such as alcohol, drugs, technology or pills in these times?
Answer: Stress. Stress is killing us and the inability to deal with the pressure of the times. We look externally to compensate for what strength and vitality is lacking within. The “Age of Computers” is bombarding our psyche and we look for a quick fix to deal with stress. It is momentary and it takes its toll on our body and mind.
Question: Why is it so hard for us to resolve difficulties, especially if they are addictions?
Answer: It is hard because our mentality is a pill popping society. We look for overnight fixes, sensations and we do not have the stamina to sustain our strength, grit and determination.
Question: How does the practice of yoga and meditation help to overcome an addiction?
Answer: Kundalini Yoga strengthens the nervous system which becomes disabled with drugs, stress and junk food, etc. A weakened nervous system places us in a handicapped situation and creates a vulnerability to temptation. Yoga strengthens the nerves, balances the glandular system (which is the guardian of health) and enables the entire endocrine system to function optimally giving long term ability to be non-reactive and deal effectively with the pressures of the times. The practice of meditation recalibrates the psychological addictive patterning and enables greater focus, clarity and develops inner strength and emotional stability.
Question: What are the differences in the yogic appropriate to breaking harmful habits?
Answer: The differences in SuperHealth yogic approach:
- We do not find satisfaction simply getting a person off drugs. This is a state of normalcy and where the work first begins. Our goal is to exalt the self and raise the level of awareness or consciousness. The neuron patterning of the brain must be changed. A person cannot change and sustain the change until he’s had an experience of a higher state of awareness. Kundalini Yoga, meditation, chanting and mantra specifically enhance this process to provide an opportunity to recalibrate the imprinting of addictive patterning or a compulsive mind-set on the brain. Also, the practice of the technology gives this ability along with nutrition which is key. Cleansing toxic overload of the body and rebuilding the depleted system helps to reenergize, balance and enable greater vitality from within to sustain challenges and tests of everyday life.
- We do not dwell in the past. We do not proclaim it nor repeat it as an affirmation. We prefer to learn from our past which gives us greater wisdom rather than continue to dwell in the past and allow it to haunt us.
- The use of substances is not the problem. It is merely the symptom to a root cause of why we use substances initially. Usually it is pain often on an emotional level. Fear, anger, insecurity, loneliness, depression that is the real problem. How we deal with it is just conversation. The substance or behavior is only the symptom. We must look at the cause and replace it with developing promoting not demoting habits.
Question: Traditional treatment considers a person as “ill.” What do you think about that?
Answer: No, not at all. Who is not? It is not those people over there with problems and we over here are ok. Who is not without problems and challenges? It’s how we deal with it. Everyone has the right to be happy. We must give hope and support to those bogged down by the undertow of life. We must carry a person on our back until he can support himself. He just has not had the opportunity to know any other way. Once he has an experience of hope…..that he can change, he has the right to change and he has the right to be happy, once we remind him that God dwells within, within the silence of his heart and in the breath of life, he will be absolutely fine, perfect!
Question: Could you share with us some exercises to fight against the anxiety, for example?
Answer: Inhale 5 seconds, hold 5 seconds and slowly exhale breath out 5 seconds. Practice beginning for 3 minutes, then increase to 5, 11 and eventually 31 min. It will increase oxygen to the brain, increase lung capacity and allow the mind to quiet and the body to relax and be at peace.
SuperHealth Tip #1
When you feel anxious or itchy/nervous, place the fingertips together and roll the fingers around while keeping the fingertips touching. Continue for 3-11 minutes. (See correct hand position in Meditation #4)
SuperHealth Tip #2
To break a habit practice one of the following breathing techniques:
- Inhale 5 full seconds. Hold the breath 15 seconds. Exhale a full 5 seconds.
- Take a full 20 seconds to inhale, hold the breath for 20 seconds, take a full 20 seconds to exhale completed. This is the one minute breath.