YOGA FOR EATING DISORDERS


About Yoga for Eating Disorders


Yoga, meditation and mindfulness can help people suffering from eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia in a number of ways. 

The physical asana practice of yoga can help to build muscle strength, without being a high intensity or energy draining sport. 

Most importantly the mental peace that comes from focusing your mind with meditation and/or pranayama (breathing exercises), and yoga’s emphasis on self-acceptance, can increase body satisfaction, recalibrate our attitudes to eating, and create a healthier headspace. 

Yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices can also help reduce tension and anxiety, and alleviate depression.


What the clinical studies say


Yoga

  • Fewer disordered eating attitudes 
  • Increases body satisfaction 
  • Increases in physical activity 
  • Lowers self-objectification 
  • Reduces anxiety 
  • Reduces binge eating
Meditation

  • Alleviates depression 
  • Improves self-control 
  • Increases mindfulness 
  • Reduces binge eating 
  • Stress reduction

Mindfulness

  • Alleviates depression 
  • Improves self-control 
  • Increases mindfulness 
  • Reduces binge eating 
  • Stress reduction