5 Ways Yoga Can Help with Eating Disorders

It may feel like your eating disorder controls your life, but there is hope for change, and yoga can play a part in it. On the yoga mat, you can find both emotional and physical wellness through the following ways:


Reduce Anxiety

Research has shown that yoga is beneficial for lessening anxiety. Its peaceful movements can calm your physical state, which helps relax the brain. As they are both mental health issues, eating disorders and anxiety often go hand in hand. So if you suffer from anxiety along with your eating disorder, you may find relief through yoga.


Relieve Discomfort

Recovering from an eating disorder does not always feel good. Learning to eat properly again can leave you feeling uncomfortable as you get used to having food in your stomach. Yoga positions can help ease this discomfort. Instead of purging or refusing to eat again, you can channel your uncomfortable feelings into physical movements and focus your attention elsewhere.


Accept Bodily Needs

Yoga helps you become more comfortable with your own body. Healthy living requires that you eat a reasonable amount of food, but when you suffer from an eating disorder, it can be hard to accept that fact. Practicing yoga puts you in touch with your body. It can help you learn to take pride in your body's abilities and learn to accept its needs as natural.


Strengthen Body

An eating disorder wreaks havoc on your physical strength. It depletes your store of bone density, atrophies your muscles and leaves you extremely weak. Practicing yoga can help restore your physical fitness. Yoga positions require you to support the weight of your body, which builds muscle and staves off bone loss.


Embrace Change

During a yoga session, you glide smoothly from one position to the next. This physical transition can help shape the way that you think about change. It can be hard to consider a future that doesn't involve living with an eating disorder. Finding healing for your disorder is a major change that can be hard to envision. In fact, many people with eating disorders have a difficult time with the idea of change in general.


By practicing yoga and its ever-changing poses, you may become more receptive to the idea of life transition. You may even become more open to embracing wellness or being more open to therapy at a place like Reasons Eating Disorder Center.


Yoga should serve as one component of your eating disorder recovery. This practice can supplement professional therapy to give you a well-rounded recovery that focuses on the healing of both the body and the mind.

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