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Articles tagged with: Body Image

The Practice of Yoga

August 13, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    A few years ago, I dropped in to a yoga class in my neighborhood. I had not been to this class before, and I did not know the teacher, but the class was on a sliding scale fee and I was a graduate student, and I knew I loved the way that yoga can help me feel present in my body while also calming my mind. So I showed up right on time, unrolled my mat alongside the other yogis, and settled in to a comfortable child's pose, waiting for the teacher to arrive and for class to start. The moments before a class are my favorite; I can sink into a gentle stretch and let my body and mind begin to let go of the tension of the day.

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Living Moderation in a City of Extremes, Part 5: Neither “Big” Nor “Easy”

July 28, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Clare Harmon, a former Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    A dear colleague recently pointed out to me—in a conversation regarding this experience—"you're right you know, New Orleans ain't that big and it ain't that easy." Indeed. I might start calling the crescent city the "Lil' Arduous."

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Enjoy the Summer With These Non-Food Related Activities

July 09, 2015.
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    By Dana Rademacher, intern at The Emily Program

    "Rest isn't idleness. To lie outside in summer listening to water murmur, or watching clouds float, is hardly a waste of time. – J. Lubbock"

    Ah, summer, you are finally here! As the dog days of summer are fast approaching, people start taking more vacations, going to the beach, and spending as much time relaxing with loved ones as possible. Unfortunately, the summertime isn't a fun and relaxing season for all, especially when you are struggling with an eating disorder or another mental illness such as depression or anxiety. It can be filled with a perceived pressure to have the busiest, most exciting summer ever, with added pressure to look "perfect" or "bikini ready." These types of pressure aren't beneficial for anyone. To help combat these summer stressors, here are a few non-food related ideas to help you relax and have more summer fun!

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Let's Talk Weight Biases

April 30, 2015.
  • This is one person's experience and perspective. Some information may be triggering to those who struggle with an eating disorder or body image. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Tiffany Hammer, The Emily Program Outreach Specialist

    Did you know one of the most defining moments of Mr. Rogers' life was being teased for being fat at the age of 8? The schoolyard bullies called him "Fat Freddy" and teased him mercilessly. "I used to cry to myself when I was alone," he said. "And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano." The adults around him would tell him to stay silent and not react, which was an emotional injustice to him. As a defining moment in his life feeling helpless through ignoring the cruel words, he decided that he would always look past the surface and see what was invisible as the essence of a person.

    What breaks my heart most about this, and makes me rather defensive, is that this is Mr. Rogers--one who is recognized as one of the kindest people who has ever lived--being tormented and teased about his weight. To pour salt in the wound, that was in 1936 and even now we still have people of all ages mocked and teased for their appearance. We know, socially and culturally, that basing judgment on someone's appearance is wrong. There are plenty of adages like "don't judge a book by its cover" or "it's what's inside that counts," we know better! Yet, there are some culturally held biases that, while unspoken, are accepted on a society scale. One of these biases that is incredibly pervasive is the shaming of people who are "overweight."

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Yoga: Heart Openers

April 14, 2015.
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    By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT, Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager

    Hi Everyone,

    Today's Emily Program yoga blog focuses on the heart and opening the front of the body. For many of us, much of our time is spent rounding forward. Whether that's from typing, texting, reading, watching TV, videos, or from carrying "burdens on our backs." Many of us could benefit from a stretch in the front of our body to help reverse the effects of our daily experiences. Maybe you want to open your heart to receive what you need and let go of what no longer serves you. Or perhaps you want to experience the grounding and healing benefit of your heart beat. The beat that has been with you your entire life.

    Whatever your intention, practice in a way that feels best for you- trusting the wisdom of your body.

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Now Open in Pittsburgh, PA!

March 02, 2015.
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    The Emily Program is excited to announce that our Pittsburgh location is now open and accepting new clients.

    Eating disorders disrupt the lives of some 130,000 males and 296,000 females in Pennsylvania every day. The Pittsburgh office is being led by eating disorder expert Liz McCabe, who is committed to helping individuals in the area recover.

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What is Beauty? Part 2

February 26, 2015.
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    We are excited to bring you part 2 of the What is Beauty? series and statements from more dancers at Saint Paul Ballet. If you missed part 1, you can read it here.

    Each statement about beauty is representative of that person's unique perspective. Some statements include descriptive language about body types and body shapes. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    Shamira

    Beauty comes from your soul. It comes from accepting your beauty within and becoming comfortable with it. Then it becomes contagious and radiates into the world.



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What is Beauty? Part 1

February 24, 2015.
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    photo by Caroline Yang 

    Each statement about beauty is representative of that person's unique perspective. Some statements include descriptive language about body types and body shapes. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    It's eating disorders awareness week and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Saint Paul Ballet again this year. Last year's Take Back the Tutu (part 1 and part 2) helped bring awareness to appreciating our bodies for what they can do. This year, Saint Paul Ballet is talking about how they personally define beauty. 

    A message from Brittany Adams, St. Paul Ballet Company Member

    Diversity within our company is at our foundation. Our differences make us stronger as a family and help define our goals and confirm our dedication to the trade. Our art is our number one priority – and presenting it genuinely without covering up any part of who we are has become our focus.

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Yoga: Breath of Joy

February 23, 2015.
  • By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT, Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager

    Today's focus is a popular pose at TEP- Breath of Joy! When I ask our students what they like about the pose I often hear responses like: "It makes me smile", "I feel less stressed after doing it", "I am not as crabby", "It's silly and fun." Well, what's not to love about that?!

    A few benefits of Breath of Joy you may experience: Less Stress or anxious feeling, increased circulation in the body, increased energy levels or increased number of smiles.

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Don't Miss This Red-hot Performance and Educational Event

February 19, 2015.
  • The Emily Program – Cleveland and Akron-based RED (Real Edge Dance) Company are excited to join together and present, "Skins," a unique educational and performing arts event on Feb. 28.

    It features the powerful modern dance work, "Skins," while educating the audience on the struggles behind eating disorders and negative body image.

    We hope you can join us at 2 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium for this special event.

    RED Artistic Director Kelli Sanford, who choreographed the performance, opens it up with a commanding solo. Later, the piece features jerky, torqued movements by two pairs of women, who face each other through door-size frames, to confront their bodies in mirrors.

    After the performance, Dr. Mark Warren, chief medical officer of The Emily Program, will present on eating disorder triggers, and how to obtain help and achieve recovery.

    Meant for all ages, this event is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, and the Akron Community Foundation. It's free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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Yoga: Legs Up the Wall

January 29, 2015.
  • By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, ERYT 
    Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services Manager, The Emily Program

    The first of our Emily Program yoga series begins with a classic pose for cultivating relaxation, aiding in stress reduction, and promoting a gentle stretch in the legs. In this video, you will see the pose in its more traditional form. However, there are several variations that can be taken to meet your current needs. Some physical modifications may include relaxing in this pose while lying in your bed, or by placing a folded blanket under your low back or head for added support. Other options could include using an eye pillow or incorporating aromatherapy. It's all about doing what feels good in your body and listening to what it needs.

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When Does Exercising Become Unhealthy?

January 06, 2015.
  • By Joanna Hardis, LISW-S at The Emily Program-Cleveland

    Exercise Room

    As we enter a new year, everywhere I turn I’m seeing commercials for home video programs promising body transformations; I’m receiving countless offers for weight-loss and fitness programs; and I cannot open a magazine without being inundated with exercises guaranteeing a better, leaner body.

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Tips for the Holidays: Planning For and Enjoying the Gathering

December 18, 2014.
  • PineconeInTree-ForHolidayPart1Special occasions or holidays often involve family rituals and traditions with food as an integral part of the gathering. With the hectic schedules that many people have today, these may be one of the few times that a family comes together to eat. However, holidays pose unique challenges for people with eating disorders that often disrupt the joyful part of the holiday celebration. In this three part series we'll cover everything from planning to enjoying some non-food experiences.

    Today let's discuss planning. Planning ahead may be the key to the challenges of holiday meals and helping you be able to enjoy the conversation and good times with friends and family at your holiday celebrations. Following are some tips to help you prepare…

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Are You Pregnant?

December 16, 2014.
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed. 

    By Tiffany Hammer, outreach specialist at The Emily Program

    In my last blog I talked about the importance of "I choose to be happy" in my life. That affirmation helped me to break the vicious cycle of negative self-talk that plagued my thoughts and tormented my relationship with food. I punished myself with large quantities of food and thought that no matter how hard I worked on my healthy lifestyle goals, it all felt hopeless. I very strongly believe that recovery is possible, even some days when it can be a struggle. Recovery is a journey, and it gets easier.

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Vegan and In Recovery

December 11, 2014.
  • This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed. 

    By Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    What does vegan mean to you? This is a question I ask people all the time, as it's my job to educate others about veganism. In the nineteen years I've been vegan, the word has gone from completely foreign to a household term and as the word has increased in use, perceptions about what it means are all over the map.

    When I ask people what vegan means to them, most immediately launch into listing off all of the things that vegans don't eat. "Vegans don't eat meat, dairy, or eggs, right?" Right. But that's not the end or the beginning of the story.

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