Yoga to Assist Recovery
from Eating Disorders
a workshop for teachers
Teaching Yoga with Awareness:
Embodyoga® for Assisting Recovery
from Eating Disorders
Teaching Yoga with Awareness: Embodyoga® for Assisting Recovery from Eating Disorders was developed as a workshop for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainees. But it has also proved very helpful for other practitioners whose work brings them into contact with groups or individuals who may suffer from or are susceptible to, eating disorders, and body image issues. In this training, we explore how Yoga, when mindfully taught can be used effectively in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues. Katherine will be sharing aspects of her work of teaching yoga as part of an eating disorder treatment program. And we will explore the ways in which we as yoga teachers can make classes a safe environment for vulnerable students.
Up to 30 million people of all ages and all genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. (such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder). (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). This workshop will provide an introduction to eating disorders and co-morbidities and show how yoga, when mindfully taught, can be an essential part of bringing the body into the treatment equation. Eating disorders are a fragmentation of self. There is a fundamental disconnect from body-mind systems. This fragmentation hinders the ability to nourish, nurture and thrive. Embodyoga® practices and sequences can help to open the pathways of communication between the body and mind. Eating disorders are also isolating, separating the individual from the community. These practices can also open and restore rhythms of relationship to self and self to other. Each of us an expression of the divine and it is our responsibility to find the connection to live our lives fully. Yoga can assist in this endeavor, to find the true self.
We will also explore how some 'yoga' can exacerbate or veil symptoms of eating disorders. Embodyoga® for Assisting Recovery from Eating Disorders will examine how language and class structure can prevent a teacher from unintentionally triggering students or sending messages that the body needs to be “fixed”. These types of messages tap into media and studio cultures that increasingly celebrate thinness, flexibility, and perfection of form. We will explore the primary importance of interoception (awareness of stimuli coming from within), attuning to subtle sensation, offering choice and an opportunity to do things differently.
Weaving the stories of myth and yoga philosophy throughout, Katherine will offer a practice based on each student's ability to experience awareness. Yoga is not about purity and not about letting go of anything as much as it is a process of discovering our strength.
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits are available for participants.
Katherine has been conducting this training since 2016.
To schedule a workshop or to find out about the next scheduled training please contact Katherine.
Read Katherine's Embodyoga® Blog Post:
Assisting Recovery from Eating Disorders:
Yoga and Developmental Movement Patterns
"Teaching Yoga with Awareness: Embodyoga®
for Assisting Recovery from Eating Disorders"
is available for sale.
Katherine also teaches a bi-weekly chair yoga practice that is Trauma-Sensitive and designed to assist students in recovery.
All levels welcome. This is a chair-based practice that brings us into contact with our breath and our bodies and ourselves. It is through these simple yet profound practices that we can move forward with resilience.
Katherine Tancredi, MA, e-ryt 500, teaches at Yoga Center Amherst and at Walden Behavioral Care, an Eating Disorders Recovery Care Center in Amherst, MA. This workshop is for yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and those interested in the use of yoga and embodiment practices for the treatment of disordered eating and body image issues.
"The yoga therapy components of this instruction and practice are based on my experience teaching at Walden Behavioral Care, and training with Embodyoga®, Body-Mind-Centering®, The Realization Process®, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Eat, Breathe, Thrive and not derived from my status as an RYT ®with Yoga Alliance Registry."