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4th Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 19-21, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

GAB 2019

Fruzsina I

Speaker at Global Conference on Addiction Medicine and Behavioral Health 2019 - Fruzsina I
Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Budapest, Hungary
Title : The effects of yoga on addiction disorders


The focus of the presentation will be the effects of practicing yoga on addictions. From the point of addiction theories, the connection between emotional regulation and addictive disorders is emphasized. Psychoactive substance use can be interpreted as a tool for balancing extreme emotional situations. On this basis, the self-medication hypothesis of substance use is added, i.e. users try to regulate their emotions, behaviour and interpersonal relationships.

Yoga is a practice that has its core in India, in the Hindu philosophy of Yoga. It is a complex system that contains the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. The original practice and aims of yoga are listed; besides bodily postures and meditation, the eight limbs also contain ethical principles for a meaningful and purposeful life and they focus on one’s health, too. Empirical evidences suggest that the integrated form of yoga was found to be more beneficial for physical and psychological well-being than just the physical part in itself. The relaxation achieved by practicing yoga might enhance the ability to face situations in a more relaxed state of mind and solve problems with greater ease. This implies that the mindfulness character of yoga might help patients to realize and understand their emotional mechanisms in more depth. Although, yoga is gaining increased attention as a complementary therapeutical tool, more studies should be conducted to provide further material for a deeper understanding of this notion. So, the purpose of the presentation is to draw attention to the potentials of yoga which might have an effect on the physical and psychological aspects of addictions.


Dr. Iszáj completed her PhD at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Her scientific interest contained the effects of psychoactive substance use and mental disorders related to creative artists. In the recent period, she worked on her research further, as a postdoctoral fellow in Mysore, India. Her previous studies and knowledge have been completed by Eastern philosophical traditions, containing yogic science and meditation. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Institute of Psychology, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. The results of her research have been published in SCI (E) journals.