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

  • Center For Discovery Woodland Hills Outpatient 21650 W Oxnard, Suite 2375 Woodland Hills CA (map)

Yoga philosophies and practices offer individuals in eating disorder recovery unique therapeutic experiences such as new ways to relate to their bodies as well as establish self-affirming beliefs supporting 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:

  1. Explain at least two scientifically-proven benefits of Yoga in eating disorder recovery

  2. Identify what kinds of yoga styles and classes to recommend to clients

  3. 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.

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Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Jennifer is a certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. She is an inspirational speaker and author of Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship With Your Body (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018). Jennifer provides yoga therapy via online and in person at YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA and leads yoga therapy groups at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. She teaches workshops, retreats, and specialized trainings for clinicians, professionals, and yoga teachers. Jennifer also mentors professionals who wish to integrate yoga into their work with eating disorder clients. She is a partner with the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and writes for Yoga International, Yoga Journal and other influential blogs. She has appeared on Fox29 news and WHYY’s “The Pulse” and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Real Woman Magazine, Medill Reports Chicago,, and the Yoga International and ED Matters Podcast. Connect with Jennifer: