Yoga therapy for eating disorders

by Evelyn Zak

Yoga therapy is being recognized as a beneficial adjunct in many comprehensive eating disorder recovery programs. Treatment centers realize yoga’s multiple benefits and offer regular group or individual sessions as part of their protocol. Yoga can be safely practiced by everyone provided it is taught by a seasoned instructor – it is always a practice

What Is Yoga?

It is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline developed in India that is not a religion. Therapeutic instruction considers each individual’s abilities, their trauma-sensitivity, and may be offered in an individual session. Comprehensive instruction will also include breathing exercises … Read more...

Addiction resources and ideas

Shared by Evelyn Zak, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

RVA Light is a Richmond VA coffee shop that supports those in recovery

Here are some national, regional and local Richmond, VA resources for those in the addiction and recovery community. There are many here that have that, “Wow, that’s cool vibe.” So if it’s not in your area, it may be an idea that inspires you. At the bottom are recommended books and movies.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)– National

12-step support– National

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What it’s like to have an eating disorder

By Evelyn

I’ve always struggled to explain what it’s like to have an eating disorder.  Words never seem to do justice to the torment and havoc eating disorders wreak in a person’s mind and belief-system.

Years ago, in the midst of a 10-year battle with an eating disorder, I wrote this as an attempt to explain my twisted, inner reality. It’s my hope, sharing it now, that it will help friends and family, of those suffering from eating disorders, better understand the inner turmoil.

It’s a blessing to be able to say that this isn’t my reality anymore

To any … Read more...