The psychology of food and eating is a complicated topic since we can't just abstain from food when it becomes an unruly part of our lives. Food is often the most accessible thing to reach for when we seek comfort, yet it can rewire the pleasure and reward centers of our brains just as detrimentally as any other addiction.
Food compulsions, be them overeating, binging with or without purging, under-eating, chewing and spitting, obsessively healthy eating, and others, must be treated sensitively yet powerfully, as they pose a much greater health risk than we typically realize.
Yoga Psychotherapy offers an excellent approach to treatment by combining the healing and dietary wisdom of Ayurveda, with yogic and psychotherapeutic tools to combat compulsion and addiction. Focus is also directed towards understanding and resolving the underlying issues that birth an eating disorder in the first place.
The shame and secrecy that accompanies eating disorders is often at odds with the deep strength and courage that a person exhibits in the world. Yoga Psychotherapy teaches us how to contact and move forward from our healthiest selves so that disordered eating ceases its role in any person's life.
*Please visit the eating disorder group page for information about our ongoing therapy group, which serves to address the loneliness and isolation that accompanies these issues.