What is Embodied Presence (EP) Therapy?
In the Western world, we typically associate yoga with physical exercise. But when yoga originated thousands of years ago in India, it was primarily a spiritual practice that was intended to be meditative. But as yoga made its way into Europe and the United States, its medical benefits were quickly established for both physical and mental healing. In the 1980s, yoga therapy became a recognized modality that improved the lives of many patients as they healed their bodies through the physical challenges of yoga, and healed their minds through the cognitive requirements of intentional yoga practices.
Embodied Presence Yoga is our method of using yoga for recovery by utilizing mindfulness-based principles. Participants in EP Yoga are guided through a traditional group yoga practice and are also guided through meditation and breathwork exercises that direct their thoughts and intentions during yoga exercises. The goal is to encourage presence and purpose, attuning the mind to the body by connecting deeper emotions to the physical experience of yoga poses. EP Yoga helps practitioners develop trust in their bodies and their personal strength again: just as they work through physically stressful poses on the mat, they are equipped to work through mentally stressful situations off of it.
EP Yoga may also be informed by trauma — it can help heal trauma-induced thought patterns and behaviors by reestablishing participants’ autonomy and confidence. Yoga creates a safe, contained space for physical and mental release. EP Yoga also uses interoception (feeling one’s body internally) and independent choice (through intentional body movements) so that clients can concretely feel and strengthen the link between their mind and body, taking back control from trauma and/or addiction.
Our EP Yoga Therapy program results in:
- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
- Increased sense of physical and mental well-being
- Improved concentration and attention span
- Mindfulness and mindful awareness
- Increased GABA production in the brain (produces feelings of happiness and reward)
EP Yoga for Recovery at Tree House
At Tree House Recovery in Portland, Oregon, our EP Yoga modality sessions are guided by our specialized yoga counselor. Colton is a CCAPP-certified Registered Addiction and Drug Technician. He carefully coaches every client to ensure that they are getting the most out of their practice and taking the steps they need to succeed in treatment and in their new, sober life.
Tree House Recovery’s EP Yoga program emphasizes mindful presence and conscious embodiment. We believe that the more people can be present within themselves, the more they can also be present for others. Presence is the key to self-control and intentional actions, which are in turn the key to living the life you want. In discovering their ability to live with purpose, they learn that they can positively affect their lives in ways that not only keep them sober, but allow them to live more fully and more authentically — with themselves, with the people they love and in their community.
Men’s Addiction Recovery in Portland, Oregon
Tree House Recovery provides holistic, engaging recovery treatment for men in the Portland, Oregon area. We welcome men at all stages in their recovery journey and are equipped to provide a range of levels of care for individuals who are addicted to or abusing drugs or alcohol. We use an innovative eight-part system to deliver dynamic, customizable treatment that focuses on the needs of the individual. Our therapeutic modalities are carefully selected — they are evidence-based with proven results, and diversified to offer well-rounded, effective options.
We are ready to welcome you into our residential treatment program in our modern, comfortable facilities in Portland. Our programs offer full-time access to our exceptional staff, an open-minded community and all the amenities of home. We want you to enter our programs with hope and confidence — we firmly believe that everyone has the power to achieve recovery within them, and we won’t give up on our clients. We aim to empower and encourage you, and give you all the tools you need to find sustainable, lifelong recovery. If you or your loved one is ready to begin their journey of healing and might be a good fit for our community, please reach out to us to learn more today.
Contact Tree House Recovery
If you’re interested in the services we offer for yourself or your loved one, the Tree House Recovery staff is available to answer your questions and help you get started. Simply call us at 503-850-2474. We will be able to help you learn more about our programs, find out if they are the right fit and ensure that you are connected with the resources you need to begin your recovery as soon as you are ready. Contact us today!