Orthorexia: Our Responsibility as a Yoga Community

People who practice yoga are also known to be more likely to exercise discernment in relation to their health. They are more likely to eat healthfully, to refrain from smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and to generally engage in a healthier lifestyle than other members of the general population.

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People who practice yoga are also known to be more likely to exercise discernment in relation to their health. They are more likely to eat healthfully, to refrain from smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and to generally engage in a healthier lifestyle than other members of the general population.

Looking after the physical health of the body is, of course, deeply important and tremendously commendable. Many of us are leading busy, hectic and stressful lives with longer working hours, less ‘down-time’ and more erratic sleep patterns than our parents and grandparents may have enjoyed. We are also living in increasingly toxic environments and are exposed to worrisome levels of heavy metals and environmental toxins on a daily basis, particularly if living in big cities as so many of us are. Making considered food, exercise and lifestyle choices can negate some of the negative effects of this stress and toxicity and support our bodies and minds to be healthy and strong.

Healthy eating is high on the agenda for many people who practice yoga. Yoga puts us beautifully in touch with our physical bodies and may ignite a desire within us to take care of this body, this temple of the spirit. As we move towards greater awareness, we often tangentially become increasingly aware of the effects of various foods and nutrients not only on our body but on our ability to think and to be present as well.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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