1st Edition

Yoga for Positive Embodiment in Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    There is a growing body of research exploring the effectiveness of yoga as a pathway to positive embodiment for those at-risk for and struggling with eating disorders. This book provides a comprehensive look at the state of the field.

    This book begins with an introduction to positive embodiment, eating disorders, and yoga. It also offers insights into the personal journey of each of the editors as they share what brought them to this work. The first section of this book explores the empirical and conceptual rationale for approaching eating disorder prevention and treatment through the lens of embodiment and yoga. The next section of the text integrates the history of embodiment theory as related to yoga and eating disorders, provides the logic model for change and guidance for researchers, and offers a critical social justice perceptive of the work to date. The third section addresses the efficacy of yoga in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders including a comprehensive review and meta-analysis as well as five research studies demonstrating the various approaches to exploring the preventative and therapeutic effects of yoga for disordered eating. The final section of this book closes with a chapter on future directions and offers guidance for what is next in both practice and research.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special edition of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention.

    1. Introduction

    Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Tracy L. Tylka, and Anne E. Cox

    Theoretical and empirical considerations

    2. Eating disorders, embodiment, and yoga: a conceptual overview

    Iris Perey and Catherine Cook-Cottone

    3. Yoga and the experience of embodiment: a discussion of possible links

    Niva Piran and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

    4. Realizing Yoga’s all-access pass: a social justice critique of westernized yoga and inclusive embodiment

    Jennifer B. Webb, Courtney B. Rogers, and Erin Vinoski Thomas

    5. A conceptual model describing mechanisms for how yoga practice may support positive embodiment

    Anne E. Cox and Tracy L. Tylka

    Research update

    6. Yoga and eating disorder prevention and treatment: a comprehensive review and meta-analysis

    Ashlye Borden and Catherine Cook-Cottone

    7. Benefits of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders: results of a randomized controlled trial

    Margaret A. Brennan, William J. Whelton, and Donald Sharpe

    8. Examining the effects of mindfulness-based yoga instruction on positive embodiment and affective responses

    Anne E. Cox, Sarah Ullrich-French, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Tracy L. Tylka, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

    9. A yoga-based therapy program designed to improve body image among an outpatient eating disordered population: program description and results from a mixed-methods pilot study

    Lisa Diers, Sarah A. Rydell, Allison Watts, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

    10. Yoga practice in a college sample: associated changes in eating disorder, body image, and related factors over time

    Rachel Kramer and Kelly Cuccolo

    11. Yoga’s impact on risk and protective factors for disordered eating: a pilot prevention trial

    CR Pacanowski, L Diers, RD Crosby, M Mackenzie, and D. Neumark-Sztainer

    Future directions

    12. Future directions for research on yoga and positive embodiment

    Catherine Cook-Cottone, Anne Elizabeth Cox, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, and Tracy L. Tylka


    Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., is a psychologist, certified yoga therapist, and Professor at University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA. She has written 8 books and over 80 research articles and chapters specializing in embodiment, mindful self-regulation, eating disorders, and trauma. Passionate about service, she is co-founder and president of Yogis in Service, Inc.

    Anne E. Cox is a yoga teacher and Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the kinesiology program at Washington State University, Pullman, USA where she co-directs the Psychology of Physical Activity Lab. Her research is focused on understanding key determinants of physical activity behaviors and seeks to apply knowledge about motivational processes and body image to create positive physical activity experiences.

    Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, RYT-500 is McKnight Presidential and Mayo Professor and serves as the Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Her research focuses on a broad spectrum of eating and weight-related outcomes including eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviors, body image, dietary intake, weight stigmatization, and obesity. A certified yoga instructor, she has published approximately 550 articles and her current research interests include investigating the potential for the practice of yoga to help with body image concerns and eating disorders.

    Tracy L. Tylka, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University, USA. Her research focuses on both positive and negative body image as well as adaptive and maladaptive eating. To date, she has published 87 journal articles and has written three books and 20 book chapters. She is the Editor-in-Chief for Body Image: An International Journal of Research and on the editorial board for Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders.