Some people with eating disorders may appear healthy on the outside, but the effects of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder can take a tremendous toll on the mind, body and spirit. The behaviors associated with eating disorders can create a disconnect between the body and mind, but the practice of yoga can help reestablish a connection between the two.
In recent years, yoga has become an adopted complement to more traditional eating disorder treatment models. Similarly to its effects on those who have anxiety and depression, the practice of yoga can help reduce symptoms for those facing eating disorders.
Yoga has an emphasis on being present in the moment. This physical and mental experience promotes increased awareness between the body and mind. Through the practice of yoga, eating disorder patients can replace self-harm with self-love in a variety of ways, including:
Self-acceptance is at the heart of yoga. Those who practice yoga learn to gradually shift from critical self-judgment and comparing themselves to others to a growing acceptance of their own capabilities and limitations.