How yoga helped me overcome two eating disorders.

 

Yoga played a pivotal role in my recovery from binge eating disorder (BED) and orthorexia.

In this episode, I share my recovery journey and how yoga helped me heal my relationship with food and my body. I also share how you can now experience yoga for yourself in some of my new exciting offerings.

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Yoga for eating disorders

Original article in Covermeactive.com.au

I was trapped in the “eat less run more” belief and developed orthorexia, an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy, to get my binge eating under control but it only aggravated my eating disorder. The less I ate, the more I binged, the more I ran.

A friend of mine suggested a yoga class to help me relax so I joined a class at my local gym and found it extremely enjoyable. I started doing yoga on a regular basis to stretch on my rest days after running ultra-marathons. It became a healthy outlet and complimented my running. I could not put my finger on it, but there was just something about yoga that kept me going back week after week.

The changes in me were so substantial that I had to share yoga with others, for this reason I signed up to become a yoga teacher and completed my qualification in 2018.

Despite being a yoga teacher, I still battled with two eating disorders, I kept it a secret from my friends, family, and colleagues. I felt like an imposter, teaching yoga, and struggling with my relationship with food and my body.

Yoga is the union of body, mind, breath, and soul. Its aim is to bring harmony between the mind and body.  

Through its mindfulness aspect, yoga helped me build a better relationship with my body and as time went by, my eyes opened to the damage I was causing. I realised I had a problem. More importantly, I realised that I wanted to change.

I continued my yoga practice during my recovery and reduced my running to twice a week to break the pattern of abusing exercise. With every week in recovery, I found I could connect even further with my body and I was able to accept myself a little more every day.

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