The Benefits of Yoga on Eating Disorder Recovery: Perspectives from Those in Recovery
This study is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the perceived benefits of yoga to eating disorder recovery through the subjective experiences of those in recovery. Qualitative interviews with seven women in recovery from eating disorders who regularly practice yoga were used to identify the specific ways in which yoga contributed to the recovery process. Findings indicated that the perceived benefits of yoga to eating disorder recovery include improved mind-body awareness, greater self-acceptance and more positive feelings about body image. Respondents also indicated that the practice of yoga can be a spiritual experience and a vehicle through which to develop a sense of calmness that helps to buffer the stress of everyday life. Implications for social work practice and future research are provided.