LPP #88 When Suffering Becomes Our Gift, Finding A Purpose Driven Recovery, & Aligning With What Is with Jennifer Kreatsoulas

In this episode I’m chatting with Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT. Jennifer is a certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. And author of Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with Your Body, as well an inspirational speaker.

Jennifer provides yoga therapy via online and in person at YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA, and leads yoga therapy groups at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. She teaches workshops, retreats, and specialized trainings for clinicians, professionals, and yoga teachers. She is a partner with the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and writes for Yoga International and Yoga Journal and other influential blogs. She has appeared on Fox29 news and WHYY’s “The Pulse,” and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Real Woman Magazine, Medill Reports Chicago, Philly.com, and ED Matters Podcast.


THIS EPISODE IS GREAT FOR ANYONE WHO:

  • Is trying to have a more peaceful & loving relationship with their body & food
  • Has struggled, or is currently struggling with an eating disorder
  • Wants to raise their children to feel empowered around food & their body
  • Is looking for ways to be kinder & gentler on themselves

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

X The single comment that set her eating disorder in motion

X  Her search to find a purpose that nourished her soul

X What it felt like in her body when she discovered what she felt called to do

X Her path to becoming an expert in recovery

X Using our painful experience to our benefit, and to ultimately serve others

X What is Yoga Therapy and how is it different from yoga class?

X We can’t heal our minds without including our bodies

X Looking at our bodies as whole beings, instead of fragmented parts

X Excavating the self-narratives that we’ve been living by since childhood

X Her experience with intentionally raising two daughters to feel empowered around their bodies & food

X Avoiding using morality language with food

X Not questioning her daughters food choices

X No punishment or rewards with food (avoid tying behavior with the right to eat)

X Intentional language used to describe qualities of bodies (strong, playful, fun, creative)  

X The language we use is so influential and powerful to make changes on a neurological, emotional, and maybe even spiritual level

X We can learn so much about our natural rhythms from children (and pets): 1.) Food is not a crisis 2.) Hunger will come back

X  You are capable of everything because of your suffering and inspite of your suffering

X  Reframing how we perceive our ED’s – instead of something evil or bad – what if we look at them with gratitude?

X “When we have a sense of purpose our healing takes off exponentially”

X Having a purpose is anything that brings you joy, or gives you a sense of calm or freedom. Our purpose can be anything that makes us feel nourished.

X Change is a common trigger for many people to elicit suffering – when our beliefs do not align with reality, we suffer. If we resist the reality that change is always happening, then we suffer.

X Ways we can implement yoga philosophies into our daily lives (no matter our experience with yoga)

X Practicing observing our own behavior

X Choosing non-harming options, that show kindness & compassion to ourselves


RESOURCES MENTIONED:

5 Lessons My Daughters Taught Me About Hunger

5 Ways to Create Positive Body & Food Vibes at Home

How to Model Healthy Attitudes About Exercise At Home

The Pure Heart of Yoga: Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation


CONNECT WITH JENNIFER:

Website: www.Yoga4EatingDisorders.com
Blog: https://www.yoga4eatingdisorders.com/blog/
IG: @YogaForEatingDisorders
FB: @Jennifer.Kreatsoulas & @yogaforeatingdisorders
Book: Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with Your Body


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