The primary influences for the NOURISH recovery / discovery yoga system include:
— The concept of “yoga” not only as asana or physical postures, but the 8 Limbs of Yoga used in an effort to “unite” body, mind, breath. NOURISH yoga also integrates exercises in media literacy, body image, critical thinking, mindfulness, journal writing, and social-emotional skills development.
— Masters in Fine Arts movement and voice techniques.
— Research from mentors in epidemiology, public health, dietetics, psychology and eating disorders prevention: Carolyn Becker, Tim Brewerton, Cynthia Bulik, Jonathan Cohen, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kathy Kater, Laura Lees, Michael Levine, Eric Stice, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Elyse Resch and Ellyn Satter.
— Friends and relatives who have struggled with / recovered from eating disorders and substance use disorders.
— 10 years of private study with Margaret Riddleberger to learn Dr. Marafioti’s Caruso / Bel Canto method of voice production involving the integration of body, breath and alignment.
— The yoga and movement students — and their families — whom I have had the privilege of collaborating with over the course of the last 20 years.
— Creating and connecting award-winning prevention programs to schools and universities in 12 states across the U.S. through the Mental Fitness nonprofit.
Some publications and helpful resources, include:
- Mindfulness research and facts
- Important Researchers and Publications Featured on Sharpen platform
- Yoga Improves Stress in Inner-City Youth
- Yoga as Complementary Therapy for Children and Adolescents
- Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy as Complementary Treatment
- Yoga for Psychiatry and Mental Health
- Systematic Review of Yoga
- Mindfulness Benefits in Low-Income Schools
- How Schools Are Implementing Mindful Eating
- Exercise, Yoga, Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
- Efficacy of mindfulness, courtesy of University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness
- Yoga reducing symptomatology of panic disorder
- Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention(MBRP)
- Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT)
- APA 2013 report on stress
- APA 2010 report on Stress: in the cities where stress is declining, eating healthy foods, practicing mindfulness and meditation and exercising for enjoyment are among the factors attributed to the decline.
- Stress-Management Techniques:Evidence-based procedures (2011) …
- Relaxation Therapy Reduces Anxiety in Children & Adolescents
- Mindfulness Meditation Could Lower Cortisol (Stress Hormone)
- Peer Reviewed Research on Yoga and Eating Disorder Recovery (courtesy of InnerDoorCenter.org)
- Question & answer: Yoga in the treatment of disordered eating and body image disturbance. How can the practice of yoga be helpful in recovery from an eating disorder? (PDF)
- Primary prevention of eating disorders: A constructivist integration of mind and body strategies (PDF)
- Manualized-Group Treatment of Eating Disorders: Attunement in Mind, Body, and Relationship (AMBR) (PDF)
- The Relationship of Yoga, Body Awareness, and Body Responsiveness to Self-Objectification and Disordered Eating (PDF)
- Can Yoga Tame OCD (PDF)
- Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part II—Clinical Applications and Guidelines (Yoga and PTSD) (PDF)
- Laura Douglass’s article on Yoga as an Intervention in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Does it Help? (link)
- Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
- Body Awareness, Eating Attitudes, and Spiritual Beliefs of Women Practicing Yoga