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1st Edition

Yoga and Eating Disorders
Ancient Healing for Modern Illness

ISBN 9781138908468
Published April 20, 2016 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

Yoga and Eating Disorders bridges the knowledge and practice gaps between mental health providers and yoga practitioners who work with clients suffering from disordered eating. Combining the wisdom of 20 experts in eating disorders treatment and yoga practice, editors Carolyn Costin and Joe Kelly show how and why yoga's mind-body connection facilitates treatment and recovery. This invaluable resource for mental health and yoga professionals, as well as individuals and family members struggling with eating disorders, explores the use yoga in therapy, ways yoga teachers can recognize and respond to disordered eating, recovery stories, research into yoga’s impact on symptoms, and much more.

Table of Contents

Section I: Why and How Yoga Helps Heal Eating Disorders. 1 Yoga: A Healing Journey from Personal to Professional. 2 Yamas and Niyamas on the Journey to Recovery from Eating Disorders. 3 The Koshas: A Guide for Accessing Authentic Self. 4 Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for PTSD. 5 Yoga and Samskaras: Breaking Through Eating Disorder Patterns. 6 What the Research Does and Doesn’t Say. 7 Personal Story: The Light and the Parasite. Section II: Shadow and Risk. 8 The Shadow Side of Yoga. 9 Yoga Teaching, Yoga Therapy and Making Informed Choices. 10 Personal Story: From Darkness to Light. Section III: Using Yoga in Eating Disorder Therapy. 11 Yoga-Mind Psychotherapy: Integrating Yoga with Psychotherapy for People with Eating and Body Image Disorders. 12 Yoga for Emotions: Tools For Healing From Eating Disorder Behaviors. 13 Embody Love: How Yoga Teachers Help Prevent and Treat Eating Disorders and Negative Body Image. 14 Nourish Yoga Workshops for Recovery. 15 Three Approaches: Client Perspectives on Strong, Restorative and Partner Yoga Classes. 16 Personal Story: Athletes, Yoga and Eating Disorders. Section IV: Integrating Yoga in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs. 17 Opening The Door To Yoga: Guidance and Guidelines. 18 How Yoga Teachers Can Incorporate Yoga into a Treatment Program. 19 The Red Tent: Establishing Sacred Space in Treatment and Beyond.

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Carolyn Costin recovered from anorexia in her twenties, became a therapist, and saw her first eating disorder client in 1979. She then developed and directed several inpatient eating diforder facilities. In 1996, Carolyn opened Monte Nido, the first state of the art residential treatment program to bring together Eastern and Western healing modalities, including yoga and meditation. Carolyn left Monte Nido & Affiliates in early 2016 to pursue other passions, while continuing to provide her renowned clinical insight, wisdom and professional training worldwide. Her books include The Eating Disorder Source Book, 100 Questions and Answers About Eating Disorders, 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder (companion workbook in press), and Your Dieting Daughter. To learn more, visit and, or email [email protected]

Joe Kelly has been a journalist since 1985, was an award-winning reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, and co-founded New Moon Girls magazine and the nonpro?t Dads & Daughters. He served on the Eating Disorders Coalition board, and was Fathering Educator at The Emily Program. His 13 books include Dads & Daughters, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being a New Dad and (with Margo Maine, PhD) The Pressure to Be Perfect: Eating Disorders, Body Myths and Women at Midlife and Beyond. Joe has contributed chapters to Prevention of Eating- and Weight-Related Disorders and Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Joe trains eating disorder and addiction professionals how to engage clients’ male loved ones as treatment and recovery allies. To learn more, visit or email [email protected]


"This book offers safe and effective ways to use the Tradition of Yoga for Healing. Safe because the authors are willing to draw boundaries on how to practice Yoga effectively. And effective because these authors have used the laboratory of personal practice in their own lives as well as with their clients. As one with a PhD concentrated in Yoga, I can recommend this book as a good resource!" ~Bob Butera, PhD author of Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety and founder of YogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania