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Articles tagged with: Yoga

Goodbye, Self-Acceptance. Hello, Integration.

June 22, 2017.
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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 Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    I sat cross-legged on my yoga mat, doing my best to explain yoga’s role in my life. Inevitably, thoughts of my eating disorder surfaced. I talked about my relationship with exercise, my unhealthy compulsivity with high-intensity activity and severe food restriction. My eating disorder treats numbers as fodder for obsession, so health clubs and gyms aren’t safe for me. Our culture recently recognized the self-punishment associated with “thinspiration,” and instead embraced “fitspiration.” Fewer people recognize the danger of fitspiration, although it encourages an equally destructive and punishing mindset. It celebrates those that ignore physical distress in the name of fitness. Both paradigms frame the body as something to conquer, shape, and control.

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Yoga Focus: Sun Breaths

January 27, 2017. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    Hi everyone! Today's post focuses on a series of movements commonly called "Sun Breaths." Sun Breaths can be a quick and accessible way to decrease stress and feel more energized and alert.

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Yoga Poses for the Holidays

December 21, 2016. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    Hi Everyone!

    The holidays are in full swing! In today’s blog post, I want to introduce you to (or possibly remind you of) a few yoga poses that you might find especially helpful this time of year when food choices are overwhelming, schedules are busy, and when social situations can be exciting and fun, but stressful as well.

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This Month's Yoga Focus: Downward-Facing Dog

April 08, 2016. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    Today’s yoga blog focuses on variations of a common pose taught in yoga: Downward-Facing Dog. Downward Dog is one of those poses many feel a love/hate relationship toward. I know the first time I did a Downward-Facing Dog and I heard the yoga instructor say “this is a resting pose” I almost laughed out loud!

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Discovering the Role of Yoga in Eating Disorder Treatment

January 19, 2016. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
  • Reprinted with permission from SCAN'S PULSE, Winter 2016, Vol 35, No 1, official publication of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

    The popularity and accessibility of yoga has grown exponentially in the past decade. According to a study by Yoga Journal, approximately 20 million Americans older than 18 years practiced yoga in 2012, constituting 8.7% of the adult population.1 An industry report by IBIS World estimates there are more than 30,000 yoga and Pilates studios in the United States.2 Many of the 170+ eating disorder (ED) treatment facilities in the U.S. offer yoga or other mind-body based activities as a component of treatment.3 A 2006 study of 18 residential ED treatment programs in the nation found that two-thirds of the programs offered yoga.4

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Why Practice Yoga as Part of Eating Disorder Treatment?

November 05, 2015. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
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    By Lisa Diers, RD, LD, E-RYT

    Words aren't the only way to connect to memories and feelings stored in the body. This is why we incorporate integrative therapies, including yoga, into treatment at The Emily Program.

    Yoga is a practice of specific postures (asanas) linked with breath while incorporating a focused intention of moving inward for self-exploration or reflection, and decreased anxiety and depression. In yoga, the mind is not separate from the body nor is the body separate from the mind. The Breath is the mechanism that bridges the gap between the two. When we discuss yoga here, we are referring to mind, body, and breath. When yoga is practiced with traditional methods, it is a practice of wholeness.

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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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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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