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Do you ever feel shrouded in the darkness of self-criticism and unworthiness? You are not alone. Most of the women we speak with, feel that in one way or another, they don't measure up, they're not good enough, they're not doing enough, they're somehow missing something fundamental. And they're really really hard on themselves.
How do you tackle such a huge, root-level issue? How can you even begin to feel a sense of "enoughness"? Tara recently brought this new study to my attention. It's research on the benefits of yoga. The researchers were looking at yoga as a possible treatment for eating disorders, and they not only discovered that participants in an 8-week yoga program, compared to a control group, experienced a decrease in frequency of binge eating, they also experienced a decrease in emotion regulation difficulties and self-criticism and an increase in self-compassion and mindfulness (1).
As one of my teachers used to say, "This yoga shit works." It's true. And it's readily available, both in person and online. You are of course always welcome to join me for class, but I encourage you to explore all of the options available to you. Yoga International has a free 30-day trial for online classes. And there's so much more. It doesn't have to be a super intense, sweaty practice, but it can be. It doesn't have to be every, single day, but it can be. Start somewhere and watch yourself change.
Here's a free 20-minute floor practice.
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1) Margaret A. Brennan, William J. Whelton & Donald Sharpe (2020) Benefits of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders: Results of a randomized controlled trial, Eating Disorders, DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2020.1731921