Some individuals in recovery may become so receptive to the benefits of yoga that they decide to become yoga teachers. As CNN reports, popular Los Angeles yoga instructor Vinnie Marino started using drugs in high school. He always had the motivation to exercise, but could never fully commit to a steady regimen because of his ongoing drug abuse. He eventually fell into practicing yoga, which organically led to him teaching yoga. The practice of yoga helped Marino to create a lifestyle so incompatible with drug abuse that using drugs just stopped making sense to him. This insight is a true reflection of the power of yoga. It can build up a person’s body and psyche to a point where healthy living does not involve too great of an effort. For individuals who are planning on going to rehab, in rehab, or have started the aftercare process, living a drug-free life may seem like a big challenge. This is the exact reason why a solid and effective aftercare process is helpful. Yoga, as well as education about its principles, can potentially bring about changes in a recovering person’s mind and body that can make living a drug-free life become second nature. Yoga is a practice. Dramatic change may not come overnight, nor should it. Yoga supports a gradual but profound shift in a person. Ongoing recovery gives a person distance from substance abuse and enough time for healthy new behaviors and thoughts to take place. When yoga enters the stream of recovery, it can help to guide people away from the drug abuse of their past.