Om sweet om: a new approach to addition recovery.

Anyone who’s ever breathed and bent their way through a yoga class knows the practice can reduce stress. And anyone who’s ever been a substance abuser knows stress can be a major factor in using and abusing.

“Yoga is a way of coping with stress at a fundamental level that changes both your stress response and your perception of it,” says Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who studies the psychophysiological mechanisms underlying yoga and meditation. “Yoga also leads to increased awareness of what feels good and what doesn’t. The more you tune in to this, the more likely you are to gravitate toward healthy behaviors and away from unhealthy ones.”