Learn to acknowledge, honour & embrace yourself fully to evolve to a state of unconditional acceptance & love.
Yoga helps us to identify and break free from old patterns, teaching us to flow with emotions. Yoga teaches us how to welcome what we are feeling, thinking and experiencing in our body with compassion and without judgement. It develops our capacity to deal with triggers and compulsive habits of avoidance, repression or distraction.
Yoga is the process of awakening awareness. By becoming aware we become present, and with presence comes a great sense of freedom. We find freedom in our choices and in our thoughts; and as we practice, we start to build trust in our voice, in our body, in our 'Self'.
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Yoga for Eating Disorders Recovery
Some of the benefits of yoga include improvements in self-esteem, body image, and mood, and a decrease in anxiety. It helps the client reconnect to their inner self and let go of their eating disorder identity. By reconnecting to their sensations, learning to recognise and be with their emotions, they slowly build resilience and heighten their sense of self. We learn to become present and recognise our disordered self as something seperate to us. Shedding that self-harming identity will help to make space for becoming our most authentic self, reconnecting to joy, ambitions, creativity, love for ourselves and others.
Yoga has been the catalyst to my own healing journey, you can read about it here.
Although Yoga doesn't replace traditional forms of treatment, it works as a great complement. Yoga can offer healthful tools to help process and explore concepts that have been brought up during a therapy session.
Grounding techniques can help with meal-time anxiety and other recovery-related challenges. Breathing practices teach clients how to calm spinning thinking and be more present.
Healing Potential of Asana (postures) in Eating Disorder Recovery:
• Gentle way to incorporate movement into life and redefine relationship with exercise
• Each pose is a container for individuals to observe their responses to being in their body
• Build mental and physical strength
• Help cultivate appreciation for body
• Relearn how to feel/sense and notice and name sensation
• Relearning sensation can translate into awareness of other sensations, like hunger and
fullness and emotions
• Repetition of asana practice (and other Yoga practices, like breathing, meditation, etc)
lead to internal balancing of systems of the body (nervous system, digestive, hormonal,
etc plus can help balance mood and positively impact organ health).
• Purposeful, intentional movement builds self-awareness, helping individuals to “see”
• The philosophies of non-harming, non-judgment, compassion, contentment, and acceptance, to name a few, are incredibly beneficial for untangling from food rules and other eating disorder thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that drive a self-destructive mindset.
• Gentle asana is downregulating for the nervous system, which helps to ease anxiety,
spinning thinking, and leads to mental clarity.
• Repetition of practices rewires the brain, building new neural pathways that lead to new
Asana invites people to turn TOWARD their body rather than away from it.
Asana includes the body in healing the mind.
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I offer virtual or in-person 1-on-1 sessions to help guide you in your healing journey. Each practice will be tailored to your individual needs on that day and will include a short discussion, gentle asana and/or breathing practice, meditation and may include other tools such as mantras and reflections. In order for our work together to be as beneficial as possible and to ensure it is suitable, I would like to invite you to get in touch in order for us to discuss how I can best serve you.
What our work will consist of is to first learn to become aware of the body and the mind we have been disconnected from for so long. Noticing our sensations, emotions, feelings as they arise and learning to welcome them without judgement.
After awareness comes presence; can we truly allow ourselves to be here with our sensations, our emotions, our thoughts? Understanding that life is a constant flow and that our need to control it is just an illusion.
Through this process, comes a deep sense of courage and in turn, empowerment. Regaining trust in our body is the first step towards finding freedom within. From there, the process becomes transformational and we can start to find real purpose & power in our lives.