Yoga's Benefits for Eating Disorders
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that yoga can be beneficial, in a plethora of ways, to people struggling with food and body image issues.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that yoga can be beneficial, in a plethora of ways, to people struggling with food and body image issues. Research studies and personal testimonies expound and describe how yoga can facilitate the development of interoceptive awareness, increase a sense of embodiment, balance the nervous system, enable a connection with the emotions and promote a sense of transcendent sense of self; a sense of the self beyond the appearance of the physical body.
In this article, Ashley Sheil, director and yoga specialist at Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Centre, explains:
“Eating disorders really numb and disconnect you. But with yoga, they (the patients) start to connect back to their bodies and they notice how their bodies physically feel. They notice when they’re feeling hungry or when they’re feeling sadness, happiness, anxiety and depression.”
Here at the Minded Institute, we offer specialised modules in yoga for eating disorders; both as short workshops and also as part of our 500-hour Professional Training in Yoga Therapy. To find out more, you are warmly invited to explore our website on the link below.