Yoga Therapy helpful for eating disorders

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In a randomized controlled clinical trial of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders at Seattle Children’s Medicine Department, yoga therapy demonstrated a significant ability to improve eating disorders when used along with standard care.

Ah finally! A clinical trial providing evidence that Yoga practice can help with eating disorders. In this study participants ad 2 lessons per week with a viniyoga instructor. Viniyoga incorporates movement and breath (among other things) combining asana and pranayama practice. This is the approach we have been taking in our Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga program with great results.

 

Addressing underlying anxiety and/or depression issues is a key factor when working with eating disorders. In this study there was a clear lessening of these factors.

 

Again, if they outlined the practices in the reporting of these studies it would be helpful. The connecting of the breath to body, so that the thoughts will have less power is key here. I’m fairly sure that other non similar yoga styles wouldn’t have the same effect.

 

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This study is useful. We need more to convince the uninitiated that yoga therapy useful with this population.

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