Yoga can help deal with balancing the body and mind. It can help with the stability required to create the desire to overcome an eating disorder.
Yoga has abundant benefits for the body and mind. For many years, studies have proved the benefits of yoga for many physical and mental ailments. Eating disorders, which is a common condition affecting people, both physically and mentally, can be relieved with the regular practice of yoga.
We can call eating disorders to be a certain set of conditions, where the individual has unhealthy eating habits. These include, eating too much or too little; basically eating in all the wrong amounts and ways. Eating disorders are of 3 different types: mainly, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Compulsive Overeating or Binge-eating. Here is a little more about these terms, followed by the different yoga poses that can combat eating disorders.
Yoga Poses That Help Relieve Eating Disorders
Yoga recognizes eating disorders as the result of imbalance in the first chakra (energy center) of the yogic energy system. So, practicing poses that target this chakra is beneficial to relieve eating disorders. The first chakra, also known as the root chakra, can be targeted by practicing poses that focus on the base of the spine. This chakra makes us feel grounded, and helps us reestablish a connection with the earth and energy in us. It connects us to the structural strength of the body. The different parts of our body, like the legs, feet, bones, and muscles, are connected to the energy in the first chakra. The following poses are helpful to activate the root chakra:
Mountain pose is one of the most basic poses in yoga. Stand tall in it, breathing deeply and feeling your connection to the earth. Imagine that you’ve rooted yourself down into the ground, where you feel stable and safe.
The pigeon pose in yoga helps in strengthening the thigh muscles and buttocks. It provides a deep stretch to the back and outer thighs. There are many variations too, like forward-bending, seated, and reclining pigeon, which are very beneficial.
Warrior one is a wonderful pose that can help you to feel connected and strong. Breathe deeply while in this pose, finding grounding in your feet and lifting through your arms. Imagine the color red flowing into your root chakra as you hold the pose.
Goddess pose is a powerful and challenging pose that has a variety of physical benefits. Additionally, it can help you to feel a greater sense of self-acceptance and strength by connecting with your root chakra, which makes it great to include when you’re doing yoga to overcome an eating disorder.
This is perhaps the best pose for centering the mind and rooting the first chakra to the earth. It has multiple benefits; it helps improve the digestive system, reduces blood pressure, and helps in relaxing the body and mind. It also tones the sacral and coccygeal nerves.
The crab pose is excellent at building core body strength. By opening the chest and toning the muscles in the lower back, it stimulates the endocrine and respiratory systems. This pose also helps build the flexibility of the arms, legs, and spine.
This pose opens the sacral area and helps in achieving a good balance in the body. It helps one feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and also increases focus.