YOGA FOR Alcoholism


Because yoga, mindfulness and meditation create new healthy habits in mind, body, and spirit they can help tackle the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of alcoholism. 

These practices can be particularly helpful in coping with the stressful early days of recovery because they are built around the importance of taking things one day at a time, one step at a time. They also promote a ‘can-do’ attitude – that you, and your body, are capable of anything you put your mind to. 

People suffering from alcohol addiction tend to be uncomfortable in their own skin. Practicing physical postures (asana) helps you rebuild your physical strength and puts you back in touch with your body. Meditation and mindfulness also help the practitioner bring their attention back to the present moment, focusing the mind away from alcohol, and towards clarity and peace. 

Clinical studies point towards these practices' ability to alleviate depression and reduce stress, to reduce alcohol consumption and increase physiological recovery.

What the clinical studies say


  • Alleviates depression
  • Reduction in stress hormone levels
  • Stress reduction

  • Reduces alcohol consumption (heavy social drinkers only)

  • Increases physiological recovery from alcohol cues
  • Modulates alcohol attentional bias (the tendency of our perception to be affected by our recurring thoughts)
  • Stress reduction