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Blog Archives: July 2015

Yoga: Child's Pose Variations

July 30, 2015.
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    Today's TEP yoga blog focuses on a pose taught often in yoga classes, child's pose. You may often hear a teacher say "Child's pose is a pose you can come to at any time throughout your practice". That is a nice option! And child's pose is not accessible to everyone, nor is it everyone's resting pose. For some, the traditional version can feel like a grounding, safe, comfortable and resting pose, but for many it can feel uncomfortable in the hips, knees and breath. Perhaps these variations will speak to you. If they don't that's OK too!

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

July 28, 2015.
  • C.Harmon Midcity Bayou St. John sunset

    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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Gardening & Nature as Therapy

July 23, 2015.
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    By Dana Rademacher, intern at The Emily Program

    "Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do...plus you get strawberries." -Ron Finley, Ted Talk: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

    Let's be honest here for a second, I do not have the best track record when it comes to gardening and caring for plant life. I always get excited by the idea of gardening, but when push comes to shove, I'm just no good at keeping anything alive. I have the opposite of a green thumb if there is such a thing. Being busy between work and school, it is hard to find time to learn which plants are best for the climate, which fertilizer to use or to even pay attention to the rain-to-sun ratio every day.

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What I'm Learning About Food From My One-Year Old

July 16, 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.

    My one-year old son loves mealtime. He sits in his high chair, picks up a piece of macaroni or an orange or pieces of fish, brings it to his mouth, and then looks at me with big eyes and says, "Mmm!" He takes another bite and again exclaims, "Mmm!" If his dad is in the room, he'll say, "Dada?" and my partner will say, "Yeah, buddy?" and he'll say, "Mmm!" He wants to communicate with us, to share his happiness about this food he's eating. He marvels at the new and familiar tastes, he looks at me with joyful surprise when he feels a new texture, and he claps his hands when he sees me preparing one of his favorite foods.

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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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Living Moderation in a City of Extremes, Part 4: Hard-to-Handle-Anger

July 07, 2015.
  • photo of cover illustration of Clare's book Wishes

    Illustration credit: Casey Foote

    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

    Two weeks ago I assisted at a performing arts day camp for adolescent girls. They learned theory, instrumental technique, rehearsal skills, and performed songs made famous by Nina Simone, Irma Thomas, and Ella Fitzgerald. In my last entry, I wrote about my first day there and here, now, I still consider the experience a transformative one. All cliché aside, music is super great.

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Recovery Nights at The Emily Program

July 02, 2015.
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    At The Emily Program we know recovery is possible, often from personal experience. Due to this, we enjoy hearing former clients, community members, and even our peers talk about their journey to recovery from an eating disorder. Gathering together as a community provides another level of support. It provides a forum that is safe, inspiring, and powerful.

    This month we will hold Recovery Night in St. Paul, MN and Seattle, WA. You can check our website for all dates and locations of future Recovery Nights.

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