Hi guys. It has been a while, huh?! It's been about 5 months, actually!
End of last year, I found myself suddenly much busier but also confronted with some major decisions. As I often have in the past, I turned inside, isolated a bit, and didn't "bring into the light" some of the thoughts, doubts, and concerns I felt on the inside.
Whenever this mind pattern begins, alarm bells immediately begin to go off in my brain. As a survivor of anorexia, I have to keep an ear out for that Eating Disorder (E.D.) voice that can sneak in when I need support. "I'm still here, if you need me," it promises. Which brings me to my point:
It's time to talk about it.
This is the 2017 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW) theme. And I think it's absolutely brilliant. It's my belief that no one can - or should have to - recover without talking about it. Addressing what's going on is the most important step forward. Asking for help is the next.
We all need to talk about it. This is a conversation for everybody. Because whether or not you have personally struggled with body image issues or an eating disorder, I promise that you know more than one person who has. It's highly possible they have been suffering in silence, afraid to admit they're in pain, or afraid no one would believe them if they said they thought they might be sick.
If you are waiting for a sign, this is it.
I would be remiss not to bring up the impact yoga has had on my own recovery. As you guys know, helping raise awareness for - and encouraging people through their recovery from - eating disorders is my passion and achieving this through a healthy personal yoga practice is what enables me to share these tools with my students.
To read others' stories of eating disorder recovery and yoga, I highly recommend you read the Yoga and Body Image Coalition NEDAW series.
It's so good to be back, guys. Let's catch up soon.
Love and light,