In general I am not an avid supporter of esoteric or other kinds of mind energy disciplines. But I keep stumbling upon an imprecisely drawn line between what is tried and tested across ages - and what only suits the shiny seminars. Yoga as physical and mental practice is constantly misplaced, and I always get excited when I find yet another proof that everyone should learn and practice yoga.
This research concludes that regular practice of yoga is a great method for eating disorder prevention and treatment. It is efficient because it ameliorates the symptoms, help to transfer focus from negative to positive body image and enables a deeper experience of mind and body connection.
Typical symptoms of eating disorders are significantly increased attention to food quantity and content, body mass and body image, intense fear of gaining weight, inadequate impact of body image on self-esteem, distorted body image, feelings of helplessness and loss of control, very intense feelings of shame, disgust and guilt.
👆 I would like to add that regular yoga practice helps to focus the attention - and shifting attention from anxious thoughts to productive thoughts is one of the very helpful techniques in phases of life when we "get stuck" on some topic. Yoga asanas are slow and mindful movements, and being such they help to realize how body works - and feel joy of it. FInally, every movement is closely tied to mindful breathing, which activates a parasympathetic system and allows to relax more quickly and deeply. For constantly anxious eating disorders patients this is a very welcome relief.
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more about mind and body!
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