Eating Disorder Recovery & Body Image Yoga Workshops & Trainings 

Specialized Programs for Treatment, Clinical, Educational, and Yoga settings

My specialized yoga workshops and trainings bring to life the core philosophies and practices found in my book, Body Mindful Yoga. I lead these programs at colleges and universities, at private practices, therapeutic/treatment facilities, small businesses and corporations, yoga centers both nationally and internationally. From yoga teacher trainings to yoga skills for mental health clinicians, my trainings include educational, exploratory, and experiential elements to provide well-rounded, high-level learning. The workshops for body image and eating disorder recovery seek to empower attendees on physical, mental, and emotional levels and offer tools for continued healing.

 

My popular specialized offerings include:

Body Mindful Yoga: Practices for Creating a Self-Empowering and Body-Affirming Life

Come experience how yoga can be a helpful tool in improving body image and self-confidence. This workshop is based on the teachings and practices in the book Body Mindful Yoga by Bob Butera, PhD, and Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, and includes discussion on the relationship between language and body image, self-reflection exercises, and yoga practice. You will learn how to apply the teachings in this workshop in your daily life and continue your personal Body Mindful Yoga journey. No yoga experience needed. All are welcome.

 

Words Embodied: An Uplifting Yoga & Writing Workshop for Renewing Appreciation for Your Body

What would happen if we practiced yoga and writing together and flowed between the mat and the page? What disempowering self-talk would we release and replace with new, affirming words? What nagging worries might dissolve as we move, breathe, and listen to the voice of intention rather than the inner critic? What brilliant ideas or answers might emerge? And how might you renew your appreciation for your body? Join certified yoga therapist and coauthor of Body Mindful Yoga Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, for a special yoga and writing workshop and experience what’s possible when we take time out to breathe, move, and express ourselves in empowering and affirming ways. You don’t need to be a “yogi” or a “writer” to experience the magic that happens when we get quiet enough to listen to the words, phrases, and narratives that move our minds and lead us to a greater respect for and appreciation of our bodies. No yoga or writing experience needed. All are welcome. 

 

A Body Mindful Yoga Workshop for Eating Disorder Recovery

This 2-hour workshop with Jennifer Kreatsoulas, coauthor of Body Mindful Yoga, is an opportunity to connect with others and deepen your recovery. We will share a Yoga practice focused on the healing qualities of breath and movement. We will also explore some of the mythology and language associated with the Yoga poses as they relate to recovery. No Yoga experience is needed. All are welcome, including family members and supports of individuals in eating disorder recovery. This workshop is ideal for treatment, clinical, educational and yoga settings.

 

Body Mindful Yoga 1-Day Retreat

Join Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, coauthor of Body Mindful Yoga, for a day of self-nurturing, exploration, and yoga practices to create appreciation for your body.

Retreat highlights include:

  • Introduction to Body Mindful Yoga

  • Yoga and meditation practices to create a positive relationship with your body

  • Experiential exercises to understand and uplift your inner dialogue and body image perspective

  • Yoga philosophy to support, enlighten, and empower your Body Mindful Yoga journey

No yoga experience needed. All are welcome.

The Pros, Cons, and Healing Potential of Yoga in Eating Disorder Recovery

Yoga philosophies and practices offer individuals in eating disorder recovery unique therapeutic experiences, offering clients new ways relate to their bodies as well as establish self-affirming beliefs that support lasting healing. Breathing practices, guided meditation, yoga poses, and grounding techniques provide significant physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. However, movement as well as the traditionally “quiet” or more still practices of yoga can be very difficult for some individuals who are mending a severely severed relationship with their body due to an eating disorder, trauma, and other factors. Additionally, mainstream fitness-based yoga classes can be highly unhelpful and triggering, especially to individuals in early recovery. As such, how do we guide clients to integrate yoga into their recoveries and reap its benefits while taking their safety and continued growth into consideration? Please join certified yoga therapist Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, for a presentation devoted to answering this important question.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to accurately explain at least two scientifically-proven benefits of Yoga in eating disorder recovery.

  • Participants will be able to identify what kinds of yoga styles and classes to recommend to clients.

  • Participants will understand the difference between mainstream yoga classes and private Yoga therapy and how the latter can serve as an instrumental supplemental and supportive therapeutic modality.

  • Attendees will experience 3 simple Yoga practices that they can safely use during sessions to increase clients’ awareness of their language related to food, body, and self-worth.

Simple Yoga for Deep Healing: Practices for Supporting Eating Disorder Recovery in the Clinical Setting

Yoga philosophies and practices offer individuals in eating disorder recovery uniquely healing experiences. Breathing practices, guided meditation, yoga poses, and grounding techniques provide significant physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. However, movement and the traditionally “quiet” practices of yoga can be very difficult for individuals who are mending a severely severed relationship with their body due to an eating disorder. When these practices are taught with the awareness of why yoga is both “hard” and healing for this population, yoga therapists and health professionals have a profound opportunity to empower their clients to relate to their bodies in new ways as well as establish self-affirming beliefs that support lasting healing.

In this educational and experiential training, you will:

  • Learn about common symptoms and characteristics of eating disorders

  • Learn about recent research on eating disorders and yoga

  • Discover why yoga therapy practices support eating disorder recovery 

  • Understand how to create a safe space for individuals who struggle with eating disorders to explore and process their yoga experiences

  • Learn tips for language and delivery of yoga practices

  • Experience simple practices for the therapeutic setting including yoga poses, breathing exercises, visualization, mantra, and yoga philosophy concepts

  • Share in supportive discussion on these topics

Body Mindful Yoga Teacher Training (4 hours)

Yoga professionals have the privilege of guiding students through movement experiences and the responsibility of creating safe spaces for this body exploration to unfold. In an age of unreasonable beauty ideals, selfies, “before and after” photos, fad diets, “Thinspiration,” and a high prevalence of eating disorders, it’s essential we are sensitive to the possibility that our students and clients have body image concerns in their lives, potentially making movement an uneasy experience.

By learning how to teach “body mindfully,” or integrate body affirming language into your cueing, themes, and messaging, you will help every individual leave Yoga classes and private sessions feeling safe, supported, and uplifted throughout their personal journeys. 

In this 4-hour workshop, led by certified yoga therapist and coauthor of Body Mindful Yoga Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, you will

  • Receive education on body image

  • Experience a Body Mindful Yoga practice led by Jennifer

  • Explore and practice teaching with language that affirms all bodies and abilities to increase positive connection and appreciations for one’s body

CEUs with Yoga Alliance available.

 

Body Mindful Yoga Teacher Training – Full Weekend

Yoga professionals have the privilege of guiding students through movement experiences and the responsibility of creating safe spaces for this body exploration to unfold. In an age of unreasonable beauty ideals, selfies, “before and after” photos, fad diets, “Thinspiration,” and a high prevalence of eating disorders, it’s essential we are sensitive to the possibility that our students and clients have body image concerns in their lives, potentially making movement an uneasy experience.

By learning how to teach “body mindfully,” or integrate body affirming language into your cueing, themes, and messaging, you will help every individual leave Yoga classes and private sessions feeling safe, supported, and uplifted throughout their personal journeys. 

In the training weekends, led by certified yoga therapist and coauthor of Body Mindful Yoga Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, you will:

  • Explore language that affirms all bodies and abilities to increase positive connection and appreciations for one’s body

  • Learn how to recognize and transform potentially problematic language into body affirming language

  • Receive education on body image

  • Experience a variety of Body Mindful Yoga practices

  • Build a “Body Mindful Yoga” vocabulary for cultivating emotional safety and trust with students and clients

  • Practice teaching new skills, cues, and themes

  • Connect with a supportive Body Mindful Yoga Teacher network

Weekend training module options:

1. Create Self-Connection with Body Affirming Language: Learn how to purposefully choose language that affirms all bodies and abilities to increase positive connection with and appreciation for one’s body. This requires us to revise cues and themes “passed down” from teacher to teacher that might be triggering, shaming, and exacerbate negative body image and transform them into body affirming language.

2. Cue for Self-Discovery: Self-discovery means to gain insight about oneself. Learn how to guide versus prescribe physical and emotional sensations to create the environment and experiences for insights to reveal themselves. 

3. Relate Yoga Poses to Personal Growth: Learn to connect physical and emotional/spiritual significance of poses to foster self-discovery and connection.

4. Inspire Self-Compassion With Yoga Philosophy Themes: Learn how to draw on ancient wisdom to address modern challenges to practicing self-compassion in relevant, succinct, and authentic ways.

CEUs with Yoga Alliance available.

Me teaching a workshop at Lafayette College on body image and self-talk.

Me teaching a workshop at Lafayette College on body image and self-talk.


Kind Words From Particpants

As a new yogi, Jennifer’s classes are a place where I can learn, stretch my body and my mind, and feel safe enough to try new things. Yoga is so much more than a workout, and Jennifer teaches that, if you are open to it, everything is possible.
— Melissa Z
Jennifer is wonderful and full of light. Her workshops are packed with positive energy, passion, and love. Her communication with clients and students is powerful, using encouraging words to allow everyone to feel safe and confident on their mats.
— Julia
Jennifer’s classes are a powerful mindful meditative flow, connecting you on a soul level, a true transformation.
— Regina L
Jennifer connects with you as a human being, especially as a woman, acknowledging everyday stress and the constant “to do list” that runs through your brain. The person that she is shines through in all that she does.
— Doreen B
The Body Mindful Yoga Teacher Training Weekend was fantastic and the cherry on top to my yoga teacher training!
— Anonymous

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