How Yoga Can Help Relieve Eating Disorders

By Subodh / November 27, 2014

Eating disorders – there are countless of them, but the most common among them are bulimia and anorexia. There are more than 10 million people across the world who are suffering from various assorted eating disorders, with teens accounting more than 60%. Along with helping you calm down and relax, yoga teaches you to understand your true self. You can also use yoga to ease depression and regain your lost well being and balanced state of health. Yoga also helps in improving your self esteem and look at your body with a positive outlook.

Here are some yoga poses you can practice to relieve your eating disorders.

Yoga Poses For Eating Disorders

1. Catuspadapitham – Crab Pose

crab pose

An awesome chest and back opener and toner, it stimulates endocrine and respiratory systems. It strengthens your core while helping you de-stress.

How to do:

  1. Lie down on the yoga mat on your back while your hands rest on either side of the body.
  2. Bend the knees and spread you feet at hip’s width, placing them firmly on your floor.
  3. Place your palms beneath your butts.
  4. Inhaling, press your palms firmly on the floor, and lift your hips towards the ceiling.
  5. Straighten the arms and hang your head and neck towards the floor.
  6. Hold the pose for 20 deep breaths.
  7. Lower the hips and come back to initial pose.

2. Salabhasana – Locust Pose

salabhasana

An energizing asana, it is beneficial for strengthening your core. Along with giving your back an extra dose of strength, it is ideal to let go off those negative pent up emotions. Plus, it is also known to help you combat digestive issues by offering a gentle massage for your tummy.

How to do:

  1. Lie on your belly, hands resting on side, and palms facing the ceiling. Alternatively, you can allow your hands to rest beneath the bell.
  2. Inhaling gently, stiffen your body, and lift the legs off the floor by exerting pressure on your belly.
  3. Lift your head gently and tilt back slightly, fixing your gaze at the ceiling.
  4. Flex your toes for added balance.
  5. With each exhalation, push higher.
  6. Hold the pose for 5 deep breaths.
  7. Slowly exhale and release.

3. Tadasana – Mountain Pose

mountain pose

Along with offering a fabulous stretch to your entire body, Tadasana stimulates your circulatory system and digestive system. Doing with your eyes closed will help you look into your inner self and realize your thinking process.

How to do:

  1. Stand straight on the mat, hands resting along the body, foot separated out slightly.
  2. Inhaling, bring your hands overhand and join the palms in Namaskar mudra.
  3. Tilt your head backwards slightly and let your gaze be fixed at the fingertips.
  4. Exhale and inhale deeply, lifting yourself off the toes.
  5. With each inhalation, stretch as much as possible.
  6. If you are unable to balance yourself on the toes, you can place your foot firmly on the mat and stretch.
  7. Once you are stable, hold the pose, breathing deeply for 20 deep breaths.
  8. Exhale, release, and relax.

4. Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclined Bound Angle Pose

Supta Baddha Konasana

This a relaxing and restorative pose that opens up your groins and hips. You can use props to support your back and head so as to unwind yourself completely.

How to do:

  1. Sit erect on the mat, legs stretched out in front of you. Let your hands rest on the knees.
  2. Bend your knees outwards, joining your soles.
  3. Keep bringing the soles as close as possible to your groin or till you experience the stretch on your thighs.
  4. Place your hands on the floor in such a way that elbows rest on the mat.
  5. Slowly recline yourself all the way back until you are lying on the mat.
  6. Relax here taking deep breaths.
  7. Close your eyes and stay here as long as you wish.
  8. To exit the pose, stretch your legs out, support yourself with the palms, and sit.

5. Anulom Vilom Pranayama – Alternate Breathing

Pranayama

Practice this breathing technique to keep yourself calm and grounded. It also enables you to gain control over your though process, letting you forgo the hate relationship you have with your food.

How to do:

  1.  Sit erect on the mat in a seated pose of your comfort, allowing your hands to rest on the thighs in Gyan Mudra.
  2. Lift the right hand and close your right nostril with the thumb.
  3. Take a deep, slow inhalation through the left nostril for a count of 4.
  4. Close the left nostril with your small and ring fingers and open the right nostril.
  5. Exhale completely on a count of 4.
  6. Keeping the left nostril close, inhale through the right for a count of 4.
  7. Close the right nostril with the thumb and open the left nostril.
  8. Exhale completely on a count of 4.

This completes one round. Do 30 such rounds.

Embrace yoga whole heartedly and practice it regularly, without doubts to ensure that you are free of your disorders. Love your body, soul, and mind! Share a friendly relationship with food! And, do yoga! You will be happy!