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Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT, C-IAYT, is a yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image.
She is an inspirational speaker and coauthor of Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship With Your Body (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018).
Jennifer provides yoga therapy via online and in person and leads yoga therapy groups at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia.
She teaches workshops, retreats, and specialized trainings for clinicians, professionals, yoga teachers, and yoga therapists.
Jennifer is a partner with the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and writes about her personal and professional experiences on the topics of yoga, body image, motherhood, and eating disorder recovery for Yoga Journal and other influential blogs.
She has appeared on Fox29 news and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Real Woman Magazine, Medill Reports Chicago, Philly.com, and the ED Matters Podcast.
Simple Yoga for Deep Healing:
Practices for Supporting Eating Disorder Recovery & Strengthening Body Image
SUNDAY / 1:40 - 3:40
Yoga philosophies and practices offer individuals in eating disorder recovery uniquely healing experiences. Breathing practices, guided meditation, yoga poses, and grounding techniques provide significant physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. However, movement and the traditionally “quiet” practices of yoga can be very difficult for individuals who are mending a severely severed relationship with their body due to an eating disorder, poor body image, or both. When these practices are taught with the awareness of why yoga is both “hard” and healing for this population, yoga therapists and health professionals have a profound opportunity to empower their clients to relate to their bodies in new ways as well as establish self-affirming beliefs that support lasting healing.
In this educational and experiential workshop, you will:
-Learn about common symptoms and characteristics of eating disorders
-Learn about body dysmorphia
-Discover why yoga therapy practices support eating disorder recovery and strengthen body image
-Understand how to create a safe space for individuals who struggle with eating disorders and body image to explore and process their yoga experiences
-Learn tips for language and delivery of yoga practices
-Experience simple practices for the therapeutic setting
-Share in supportive discussion on these topics
Body Mindful Yoga; Creating Body Affirming Yoga Experiences for Students & Clients
SUNDAY / 4:00 - 6:00
Yoga professionals have the privilege of guiding students through movement experiences and the responsibility of creating safe spaces for this body exploration to unfold. In an age of unreasonable beauty ideals, selfies, “before and after” photos, fad diets, “Thinspiration,” and a high prevalence of eating disorders, it’s essential we are sensitive to the possibility that our students and clients have body image concerns in their lives, potentially making movement an uneasy experience.
By learning how to teach “body mindfully,” or integrate body affirming language into your cueing, themes, and messaging, you will help every individual leave Yoga classes and private sessions feeling safe, supported, and uplifted throughout their personal journeys.
In this training, you will:
Explore language that affirms all bodies and abilities to increase positive connection and appreciations for one’s body
Learn how to recognize and transform potentially problematic language into body affirming language
Receive education on body image
Experience a variety of Body Mindful Yoga practices
Build a “Body Mindful Yoga” vocabulary for cultivating emotional safety and trust with students and clients
Practice teaching new skills, cues, and themes