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Yoga for Better Body Image

  • The Yoga Collective NYC 135 West 29th Street, #603 New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)
A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, it is an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.
— Naomi Wolf
Over half the females between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five would prefer to be run over by a truck than be fat.
— Courtney Martin

Body dissatisfaction is rampant in our culture - and, not just for women. Research suggests that anywhere from 40-70% of the American population experiences negative body image. It also indicates that yoga can help! By supporting practitioners in the development of critical coping skills, yoga facilitates the integration of body and mind, improving mood, self-image, and overall well-being.

Developed and facilitated by therapeutic yoga teacher and eating disorder clinician, Lauren Ezell, RYT, LCSW, this workshop is a unique opportunity to work on your relationship with your body using yoga postures, breathwork, and group discussion.

We will begin with a therapeutic sequence of yoga poses, intended to free and align the joints. We will end our practice with a combination of restorative yoga postures and guided visualization to enter a state of deep relaxation. Once you are feeling relaxed in your body, Lauren will give a brief presentation about weightism and body image based on her extensive training and clinical work with eating and body image problems; followed by group process of the experience, and an opportunity to share.

No yoga experience is required for this workshop. The only prerequisite is a desire to make peace with one's body. 

About the teacher:

Lauren Ezell, RYT, LCSW is a yoga teacher and clinical social worker who specializes in eating and body image problems. She runs a private psychotherapy & yoga therapy practice in Downtown Manhattan, and is the creator of InBodied Yoga(R), a system of yoga designed to support body positivity. She has led mindfulness, stress management, and embodiment groups for various populations in New York City; as well as outdoor body positive yoga classes.

 

Earlier Event: July 23
Yoga for Better Body Image