The benefits of mindfulness

By Georgina Lavan The practice of mindfulness stems back thousands of years, originating from traditional practices such as Hinduism and Buddhism. In recent years, mindfulness has taken on a Westernised approach, with resources now available in books, CD’s, phone apps and short courses. The purpose of mindfulness is to be living in the moment, accepting … Continued


The following blog was written by Jodi Strock as part of YBIC’s monthly column that highlights how the practice of yoga can be an integral component in the effective treatment of and on-going recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating. As a mental health professional, yogi, and someone who had once struggled with an eating disorder I wanted … Continued

Equine Therapy

By Georgina Lavan Source: Community Counselling Solutions When you hear the word therapy, many people’s initial thoughts involve the stereotype of sitting indoors on a lounge with their back turned to the therapist. Whilst traditionally, therapy is done indoors, in recent years therapists in Australia have been mixing things up and taking therapy outdoors in the … Continued

Tracking your mental health

By Georgina Lavan I recently went on an overseas holiday. I always enjoy travel as it gives me an opportunity to evaluate what’s going on in my life and de-clutter the fog of everything at home. It also gives me a chance to reflect on myself and what areas I’d like to improve, all whilst … Continued

Five Apps to Practice Mindfulness

By Sarah McMahon When was the last time you really took notice of what you were doing and brought yourself back to the present moment? Life presents with us a myriad of distractions- including relationships, social media, our phones. Add disordered eating into the mixture and suddenly our mind can become very noisy! Mindfulness is … Continued

Yoga for Recovery Course!

We’re excited to share with you that BodyMatters’ partner Love Body Yoga is offering a… 6-week Yoga for Recovery Course beginning in May 2016!   How can the practice of yoga be helpful for eating disorder recovery? Eating and body issues often work to create disconnection from our body, while yoga helps to encourage body awareness and … Continued

Do you want to learn how to be mindful?

We’re excited to share with you that BodyMatters’ partner Love Body Yoga is offering a 6-week mindfulness course beginning March 2016! What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with intention, while letting go of judgment. What are the benefits of mindfulness? The benefits of mindfulness are well researched and include: Recognise, … Continued

Increasing Mindfulness in our lives

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Many people with eating disorders are constantly trying to avoid emotions (experiential avoidance) by engaging in behaviours such as binge eating and purging. Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to our emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations in the present moment without judgement. Mindfulness involves noticing experiences without trying to change or … Continued

Reconnecting to your body with mindful eating

By Madalyn Oliver In today’s society, we are often encouraged to strive for impossible standards of perfection, particularly when it comes to the way that we look. Weight-control diets feed into this idea, inadvertently teaching us to be at war with our bodies by encouraging us to be fearful of foods, to strictly control what … Continued