Yoga is frequently found to be helpful in recovering from an eating disorder. People who struggle with disordered eating tend to be disconnected from the body, and yoga is a great way to reconnect and rebuild a loving relationship between the two.
As you support your child in healing from an eating disorder, however, you may find that not all yoga classes are appropriate for them. Unfortunately, many yoga teachers unknowingly trigger people who are in eating disorder recovery with talk of restrictive diets such as veganism, vegetarianism, juice cleanses, and other recommendations that are distressing and even dangerous for someone with an eating disorder.
There are some yoga instructors, however, who safely work with people in eating disorder recovery, providing a wonderful practice that can help them build a new relationship with their bodies and selves. Jennifer Kreatsoulas is one of those yoga instructors. In fact, she specializes in working with people in recovery from eating disorders.
She recently released a 3-part video series that is a wonderful option for someone in eating disorder treatment. If your child is building a new relationship with his or her body and would benefit from a thoughtful yoga practice, consider this video series as an excellent (and affordable!) tool.
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Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. In recovery herself, Jennifer is extremely passionate about helping others reconnect with their bodies and be empowered in their lives. Jennifer works with clients in person and via Skype. She also teaches yoga at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia and is a partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. She leads trauma-sensitive yoga classes and teaches weekly flow yoga classes. Jennifer contributes regularly to eating disorder and body image blogs and the YogaLiving Magazine. Website