Boosting Positive Body Image

Reposted from Eating Disorders Blog with permission. Adapted from original article by Laura Cipullo. Take a moment this week to focus more on the positive, forget black and white thinking, and exercise your passion with this inspirational blog post! More on the Positive – Instead of focusing on weight, scales or muscles, think about the positive characteristics … Continued

MINDFULNESS, YOGA AND EATING DISORDER RECOVERY

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

HIDING BEHIND HEALTHY

Exercise can be the Perfect Hiding Place for Eating Disorders and This Needs to Change The following blog was written by Robyn Baker, the owner and operator of Asteya Fitness, as part of YBIC’s on-going partnership with World Eating Disorders Action Day. To learn more about WEDA and get involved read and share the Nine … Continued

‘BodyMatters’ and ‘The Yoga & Body Image Coalition’ are uniting!

By Emma Sheens What is the ‘Yoga & Body Image Coalition’? The ‘YBI Coalition’ is a group of yoga teachers, practitioners, teachers, professionals, educators, activists, writers, artists, non-profit organisations and advocates that share a common vision – “to develop, promote and support yoga that is accessible, body-positive and reflects the full range of human diversity”. … 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

BodyMatters recommends: Eight blogs worth reading

By Madalyn Oliver BodyMatters have put together a list of blogs (in no particular order) that we believe may be useful in supporting you on your recovery journey. We understand that some personal narratives can be triggering due to their inclusion of numbers or descriptions that other sufferers may not identify with, so we have … Continued

Dealing with the Self-Critic

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Do you ever beat yourself up for your shortcomings?  Do you often experience thoughts such as these: “I’m not good enough”, “I’m a failure”, “I’m not pretty enough”, “I am stupid”, “I hate myself”? When we are not able to meet our own expectations we experience emotional pain. Whilst we are very … 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