Utilizing Yoga in Treatment for Eating Disorders

Monday, Jan 30  •  


Utilizing Yoga in Treatment for Eating Disorders

Did you know that something as simple as yoga can be utilized in a holistic approach to treating eating disorders? Our team of experts recognizes this and utilizes various experiential aspects within our program including yoga as part of its comprehensive approach to supporting clients through their healing journey. When paired with medical treatment and monitoring, we’ve been able to help numerous patients find recovery from their eating disorders.

How Can Yoga Help?

Yoga can be a powerful form of self-expression and mindfulness that can help individuals reconnect with their bodies. It also helps build strength, increase flexibility and improve physical balance – all areas of growth for someone struggling with an eating disorder. Those struggling with disordered eating may find themselves rejecting yoga due to feelings of shame or embarrassment – however, understanding the rehabilitative qualities and being aware of the sense of community it provides can make it easier to commit to something that previously seemed intimidating or undesirable. 

The practice of yoga incorporates breathing techniques, poses (asanas), meditative visualization, and relaxation techniques which help restore a healthy connection between body, mind, and soul – something that has been neglected by many who struggle with an eating disorder. The physical aspect of the practice can support recovery from nutritional deficiencies, metabolic issues, or other health problems related to the disorder itself. Furthermore, it helps build mental resilience against relapse triggers like anxiety and negative thoughts surrounding one’s self-image or weight gain fears after emerging from treatment.

Yoga at Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Specialists

At Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Specialists, our team works closely with clients to establish personal goals surrounding these experiential aspects of our program which align with overall progress toward completing treatment objectives. These goals may include mental practices such as visualizations pertaining to restoring confidence in order to battle fear-based thoughts regarding food intake or meal size changes associated with recovery plans. 

Yoga at Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Specialists encompasses both traditional postural sequences commonly seen in popular classes today along with more modern therapeutic elements designed for long-term progress within the context of recovery efforts constructively aimed at getting individuals back on track toward healthier relationships between food intake & exercise patterns plus contentment & peace when engaging in daily life activities without guilt or fear related to whole body aesthetics or “perfectionism” concerns.

Finding Recovery

Eating disorders are serious and complex conditions, but with the right treatment and support, recovery is possible. Treatment at Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Specialists provides resources to help patients develop self-compassion, identify triggers and behaviors leading to disordered eating patterns, as well as teaching them how to create healthy coping strategies and reconnect with their bodies in a safe environment. With the right team and support system around them, individuals can learn to maintain full recovery from their eating disorder and achieve long-term health.