Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

Despite the fact that participating in athletics can and should be protective, for many student-athletes, it is harmful. Many student-athletes struggle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders at some point during their athletic careers. This is most likely due to a combination of the stress of participating in sports in today's hyper-competitive environment and the … Continue reading Student-athletes at risk of mental distress, disordered eating, and eating disorders

Trash your child’s Fitbit to find peace and healing from disordered eating

Fitbit seems like a fun way to track fitness and health. Users can set up their own profile, including their body weight, and set personal weight and fitness goals. The psychological rewards are high when the Fitbit and its accompanying phone app celebrates the user's goals. Every time a person meets a goal, the Fitbit … Continue reading Trash your child’s Fitbit to find peace and healing from disordered eating

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When your child who has an eating disorder is feeling anxious, help bring calm with yoga (downward dog)

We believe it's useful for parents to have a few yoga poses available to use in times of great stress during their child's recovery process. If you have a child who has an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia or OSFED, there is a high probability that feelings of anxiety are a major trigger for … Continue reading When your child who has an eating disorder is feeling anxious, help bring calm with yoga (downward dog)

Jennifer Kreatsoulas writes about how yoga practice can integrate with recovery from an eating disorder and eating disorder treatment

Why yoga is an excellent practice while in eating disorder recovery, and what parents should know, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

As an athlete in early recovery from an eating disorder, I first started practicing yoga as a physical activity that wouldn’t tempt me to overexercise or become obsessed with burning calories. Initially, my yoga practice was purely physical. I focused on learning the asanas or poses. I remember the thrill of observing how, with consistent … Continue reading Why yoga is an excellent practice while in eating disorder recovery, and what parents should know, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

Jennifer Kreatsoulas talks about exercise and eating disorder recovery

How to Model Healthy Attitudes About Exercise at Home, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

Every Spring, I get an itch to run again. I daydream about the joyful feeling of running on a clear, sunny, 60-degree day–just me and the pavement and that keen sense of boundless freedom. Or sometimes I drive past my gym and remember the empowering satisfaction that bubbles up inside after a solid workout. The … Continue reading How to Model Healthy Attitudes About Exercise at Home, by Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, CYT

When your child with bulimia or binge eating disorder is fighting the urge or is actively binging … a yoga pose to help

With Kimi Marin, yoga therapist 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, […]

Yoga poses for eating disorder recovery: crocodile pose to reduce anxiety

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 … Continue reading Yoga poses for eating disorder recovery: crocodile pose to reduce anxiety

How to give a simple hand massage: healing touch builds connection when recovering from an eating disorder

When our children are suffering with an eating disorder, they need connection and support from their parents. We can make a big difference in their recovery by connecting on multiple levels and providing a safe home environment in which to recover. We have previously discussed watching videos together and trying some yoga poses. Another nice … Continue reading How to give a simple hand massage: healing touch builds connection when recovering from an eating disorder

Yoga to strengthen body image and support eating disorder recovery – a video series from Jennifer Kreatsoulas

Yoga is frequently found to be helpful in recovering from an eating disorder. Those of us who struggle with disordered eating tend to be disconnected from our body, and yoga is a great way to reconnect and rebuild a loving relationship with our bodies. As you support your child in healing from an eating disorder, … Continue reading Yoga to strengthen body image and support eating disorder recovery – a video series from Jennifer Kreatsoulas

An interview about yoga, mindfulness and surviving adolescence with eating disorders with Annie Shiel and Merideth VanSant, co-founders of True U

Annie: I started yoga as a type-A, perfection-obsessed teenager, and I can’t imagine where my relationship with my body would be without yoga. In a yoga practice, we focus on how the body feels, not on what it looks like. We practice non-attachment to physical results. We listen to the body and learn to trust … Continue reading An interview about yoga, mindfulness and surviving adolescence with eating disorders with Annie Shiel and Merideth VanSant, co-founders of True U