Yoga has been shown to be an excellent auxiliary treatment for eating disorder recovery. Many of us with eating disorders disconnect our minds from our bodies – we learn to ignore our body’s natural communication, needs, and desires. Yoga can be a great way to gradually reconnect the mind-body signals.
As a parent, having a few simple yoga moves to do with your child while he or she is in recovery can be a great way to help him or her make the mind-body connection. It’s also a great way for you to connect with your child, which is so critical to the healing process.
Makarasana, or Crocodile Pose, helps to facilitate diaphragmatic breathing (also known as belly breathing) by immobilizing the chest. When you engage in “belly breathing” you facilitate a relaxation response in the body, which makes this pose excellent during times of stress and anxiety. This may also be a great pre-meal pose to help your child get grounded before going to the table.
Here’s how to do it:
1) Lie on your belly and rest your forehead on your hands.
2) Mindfully breathe into your belly.
3) Stay here anywhere from 30 secs to 5 minutes.
Pretty easy, huh? You can even do this while sitting at a table or desk.
Ginny Jones is the editor of More-Love.org. She writes about parenting, body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Ginny is also a Parent Coach who helps parents handle their kids’ food and body issues.