Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yoga in treatment programs for anorexia

I just read a very interesting article about a program that started adding daily yoga for their patients suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. This was an inpatient program with girls who were very unwell. Many of them were very underweight and had failed a number of other programs and were too unwell to be treated on an outpatient basis. As soon as they added the Yoga, the girls started getting better. They felt better, they had better self esteem and they started to gain weight. Interestingly when the girls were asked why it helped them so much they gave comments like, “You know this is the only time during our day that we are able to not think about our weight, or food, or all the other negative things going around and around in our heads.” It seems that the concentration that is needed during the poses was enough to lift them out of their minds. It is a type of meditation. It is so powerful. I am sure that the yoga also helps with developing a healthy relationship between the mind and body. Let’s hope other programs start to add things like this.

Dr Coleman

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