Yoga as a Complimentary Treatment For Eating Disorder Patients
Did you know almost 24 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder?
Negative body image is an epidemic in Western culture and prolonged negative body image increases the risk of developing an eating disorder. Eating disorders can affect a person’s emotional and physical health as well as their relationships. Unfortunately, when not treated, eating disorders have amongst the highest mortality rates when compared to other mental illnesses.
Research indicates that yoga, as a complementary therapy, plays a key role in allowing patients to heal the relationship between their mind and body. Marilyn Wei M.D from Harvard University explains that through the use of meditation, breath-work and body postures, yoga can assists patients in becoming more mindful (2015). Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Through yoga and the practice of mindfulness patients can become “more aware of triggers and regulate responses to stress” states Wei (2015).
The benefits of yoga as a complementary therapy are numerous and that is why Next Generation Village partners with Kula for Karma to provide body positive yoga. Classes are available at no cost to patients, whether they have a diagnosable disorder or have negative feelings about the way they look.
Please visit the following website for free meditation downloads:
Wei, Marilynn MD, JD (2015). Scientific Research of Yoga [PowerPoint slides].