More than just peace, love and granola--Yoga-Based Eating Disorder Recovery-Research and Benefits

Friday, March 4, 2011: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Point Hilton at Squaw Peak
For someone with an eating disorder, the benefits of Yoga can be a powerful tool to uncover attachments and move individuals forward with awareness toward recovery. Yoga therapy presents an opportunity for mental health practitioners to broaden their skills, while honing an integrated treatment team to deliver a yoga-based eating disorder program using a systematic method designed for this population. Learn the benefits of yoga on eating disorder recovery, including quantifiable outcomes from recent studies.
I. Definition of Yoga and its origins

II. Philosophy and elements of Yoga in relation to eating disorder recovery

III. Benefits of Yoga for eating disorder recovery

IV. Styles of Yoga and its effect on eating disorder recovery

V. Choosing a Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist

VI. Current research on Yoga and eating disorders/co-occurring disorders

VII. Case studies and quantifiable outcome data

VIII. Experiential

For someone with an eating disorder, along with food and body image concerns, the benefits of yoga can be a powerful tool to uncover attachments and move these individuals forward with awareness. Yoga goes beyond the physical practice, but also incorporates the philosophy in its systematic healing process.  A systematic method of Yoga, integrated into treatment is presented vs. a compartmentalized Yoga class. Quantifiable outcome data has shown that Yoga can be instrumental in treating eating disorders along with underlying co-occurring disorders including personality disorders, anxiety/mood disorders, OCD, PTSD, and drug/alcohol addiction.  Subjects in various studies report improved coping skills, diminished eating disordered behaviors and began to practice mindful eating and awareness, while beginning to think about food and their bodies in a healthy way. In addition, current research has shown improvement in feelings of low self-esteem, depression, lonelines, anger, and loss of control. The frontal lobe of the brain plays a critical role in who posses impulsive behavioral/addictions, such as eating disorders.  Studies have shown that meditation can act on the cerbral cortex improving awareness and focus, while reducing depression and improving self-esteem.  Further studies are warranted to understand the exact mechanics of Yoga and meditation and how Yoga can help individual with eating disorders and the underlying emotions involving these intricate brain centers.
Primary Presenter:
Beverly S. Price, RD, MA, E-RYT

Beverly Price, RD, MA, E-RYT, Program Director and Founder of Reconnect with Food® at Inner Door Center is a nationally renowned Registered Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher who is recognized for her distinctive approach to eating disorder recovery using yoga. She is an author and national presenter. Her publications include Journal of General Internal Medicine and Yoga Therapy Today. Beverly's presentations have included IAEDP, Soviet-American Nutrition Conference and American College of Physicians. She is the owner of Reconnect with Food® at Inner Door Center, a yoga-based partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient program for eating disorder treatment. The clinic is also a training facility for social work and psychology students along with yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

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