Parallel Session 8

Moving Body Acceptance off the Mat and into the World

 

Summary

In the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, addictions and body discrimination, we must examine how the mind and body cannot be examined separately.  Through yoga practice we can teach the interconnectivity, working with the mind and the body as one while clearly seeing the challenges when the two are separated.  In this presentation the audience will learn and engage in the healing of mind and body through the practice of yoga.  Learning about the research of the neurobiology behind yoga, build spirituality through mindfulness, and cultivate awareness through the physicality of the practice.  Audiences will participate in experientials to bring the learning to practice, the acknowledgement of intersectionality of the mind and body, and understanding how to apply yoga in the healing of body acceptance, body equity and diversity.

 

Abstract

In the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, addictions and body discrimination, we must examine how the mind and body cannot be examined separately.  Through yoga practice we can teach the interconnectivity, working with the mind and the body as one while clearly seeing the challenges when the two are separated.  Building awareness of our body even if we cannot see the parts, using our breath to move in sequence, and building confidence is the strength of our mind to guide us through practice.  These same principles employed in yoga can be practiced off the mat, into our everyday lives.  From individuals healing from eating disorders, depression or trauma to those with low self-esteem and body hate, the principles of yoga can be applied as a holistic mechanism for personal development.  The healing process should involve exploration of what we see, and how we feel about it.   As we begin to understand why we think the way we do and the ensuing actions from those thoughts, we must consider how the brain works in order to reshape its logic.  The science behind yoga supports neuroplasticity, supporting the brain’s ability to rewrite itself as the intersectionality of the mind and body invite and allow us to redevelop our thought patterns.  The more one thinks, says, or does something, the more likely that individual is to think, say or do it again.  Moving forward we can explore how each individual has opportunity to change or rewire how one may think, say, or do. 
In this presentation the audience will learn and engage in the healing of mind and body through the practice of yoga.  Learning about the research of the neurobiology behind yoga, build spirituality through mindfulness, and cultivate awareness through the physicality of the practice.  Audiences will participate in experientials to bring the learning to practice, the acknowledgement of intersectionality of the mind and body, and understanding how to apply yoga in the healing of body acceptance, body equity and diversity.

 

Knowledge Level: Beginner

 

Presenter Biography

Michelle Pitman is the program director for Under the Lilac Tree, a virtual program of recovery support for those struggling with eating disorders and body image disturbances. She is a yoga instructor, personal trainer and level 3 Reiki practitioner who encourages clients to find their own path to personal health and well-being.

Using her certifications in personal training, vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga and Yoga Tune Up®, Michelle coaches the idea of using movement and other embodiment practices as tools of self-discovery, connection and healing.  

Michelle also offers private and small group coaching and can be found facilitating workshops in professional settings on topics such as self-care, stress management and an intuitive approach to wellness.