Yoga Poses for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are viewed as a dysfunction of the first chakra in the yogic energetic system.  To balance this chakra, use poses that target the area of the base of the spine. Use grounding postures to become rooted to the earth and to build strength and courage.  If depression is a strong contributing factor, backbending poses will be beneficial for their energizing, tonifying and heart opening qualities. If anxiety is a primary contributing factor, forward bends can be utilized for their calming and nurturing aspects capacity.

When practicing yoga postures, the use of Pratyahara (inner focus) should be applied.  The exterior alignment should be de-emphasized and the focus should be drawn deeply inwards to experience and explore the feeling and sensations that arise in the poses.

Click on an image or posture name for detailed instructions, contraindications and modifications.

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