Putting Principles Into Practice
Despite being around for about 5000 years, yoga is as popular as ever. According to the International Yoga Federation, or IYF, there are approximately 300 million people practicing yoga worldwide. When many of these folks talk about yoga, particularly here in the United States, they’re speaking of asanas or hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga. However, there is a philosophy of yoga at the core of the physical practice and when a person is doing yoga mindfully, they are embodying some of its principles. In fact, Desikachar, Bragdon, and Bossart describe yoga as having four major principles that underline all of its teachings. We’d like to take a minute to talk about each as they all directly mirror some of the principles we teach and practice here at Ocean Recovery.
“The human system is a holistic entity.”
Note the authors used the word “system” here. They say that we are “comprised of different dimensions that are interrelated and inseparable from each other.” Our mental health affects our physical health. Our emotional health affects our mental health. We see this in day-to-day life in the form of stress headaches, insomnia, and anxious stomachs. In treatment, we see how substance use and eating disorders can feed off of each other. We also see the trauma at the heart of the disorders. When we treat a person holistically, we treat the whole system rather than chase down symptoms on their own.
“Each individual is unique.”
This is a pretty familiar idea in beginning yoga classes. Everyone’s body is different and everyone is at different skill levels. As a result, the areas that need work and healing are going to vary from person to person. Similarly, each client will have a different path to recovery. While the diagnosis might be “eating disorder,” the methods of uncovering trauma, the therapies that resonate, and the coping skills that prove most effective will all be different.
“Yoga is self-empowering; the student is his or her own healer.”
When we heal through yoga, it’s us putting in the work. Surgeons are not operating on us and doctors are not handing us pills. We have to walk the path. At Ocean Recovery, we provide clients with all the tools they need to recover from eating disorders, as well as support to give them the confidence to use those tools on their own.
“The quality and state of a person’s mind is crucial to healing.”
This one is so important to us, we included it in our company values. As we’ve said in this very blog, “if we do not cultivate gratitude in our lives, we will not recover.” Ocean Recovery is grateful for the chance to use our experiences for a greater good, to guide others toward a new life, and to watch them grow.
Real Courage Means Asking for Help
Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating eating disorders since 2002. In addition to yoga, our clients can expect individual and group sessions, cognitive and dialectic behavioral therapies, nutritional counseling, and more. If you or someone you know is struggling with eating disorders, please consider giving us a call today. Real courage means asking for help. Ocean Recovery is ready to answer.