Prenatal & Postpartum Anxiety, Body Shame and Eating Disorders: Why Turn to Yoga Therapy?
This is a very difficult issue that so many women face...
I love Yoga, there’s no doubt about that. But Yoga goes far deeper than poses. That’s one small piece of Yoga’s eight areas of focus. In mental health counseling, the use of its many practices can bring enormous change and growth.
After a lot of thought and reflection, I have shifted my practice now focusing on Yoga Psychotherapy and life coaching, working specifically with prenatal and postpartum women dealing with anxiety, eating disorders and body shame.
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Why these women? Because these are enormous issues that women face, issues that I faced. Body shame and eating disorders are complicated, nuanced, and present in many ways, usually accompanied by anxiety, depression or postpartum OCD. Because of these very difficult and complex issues, I believe it calls for professional expertise.
Pregnancy and birth is sacred and profound and one of the most extreme shifts in a woman’s life…from an individual to a mother.
I choose to work specifically with pregnant and postpartum women for both personal and clinical reasons. First and foremost, … I’ve been there. I have written several posts about my own struggles with prenatal and postpartum issues. During that time, I also dealt with body shame and the reemergence of bulimia, which I never thought would happen. Now, on the other side, living in complete recovery, I want to help and inspire other women who are stumbling along the same journey.
Pregnancy is something that most women are going to experience. It is a natural part of our life cycle, it is sacred and profound and one of the most extreme shifts in a woman’s life; from an individual to a mother. It can be a beautiful and exquisite transition; it can be a painful and overwhelming one, too. Because of the enormity of this time, I believe these women with these specific issues deserve my complete clinical focus.
Becoming in touch with the body is vital to the resolution of body shame and eating disorders
So, what is Yoga psychotherapy? It is the use of Yoga postures and Yogic philosophy within mental health counseling. The postures are typically very modified and basic to help connect with the body and expose underlying emotions and beliefs that we can then work through and resolve.
We can develop sequences to be used at home to continue work between sessions. We use a Sadhana (self-study) journal to help keep track of daily practice, to determine what works best for each person and also to create a routine practice beyond your work with me.
And finally... why use Yoga psychotherapy and life coaching? Becoming in touch with the body is vital to the resolution of body shame and eating disorders. It is also a means of connecting to the self and baby during and after pregnancy. The use of prenatal and restorative postures along with Yogic philosophy adds another, deeper level to mental health counseling that, I believe, cannot be attained any other way.
Life coaching is a passion of mine. The difference between psychotherapy and life coaching is this; psychotherapy is about delving into the self to identify what’s hindering us from living our fullest expression in life. Life coaching is not insight focused, rather it is goal oriented and identifies specific objectives to work on and achieve. It is geared toward life success and the fulfillment of our dreams.
We deserve to be the women and mothers we desire to be and to live fulfilling and happy lives regardless of the shape of our bodies.
My work with women can be short or long term. My purpose is to work with women during this transitional period with set goals to achieve empowerment and intrinsic motivation, that is becoming self-motivated to continue growing into the amazing women and mothers they are far beyond our time together. Combining both methods allows us to resolve underlying issues and, at the same time, create workable strategies to move forward.
I am excited to be refining my focus, using my expertise to support women. We deserve to be the women and mothers we desire to be and to live fulfilling and happy lives regardless of the shape of our bodies. We deserve joy in our babies and families without being held back by shame. If you are one of these women. I get it. I’m here to help.
Sarah is a Yoga psychotherapist and life coach specializing in prenatal and postpartum women battling anxiety, eating disorders and body shame. Sarah works virtually with women around the country and in-person in Middleboro, Massachusetts. Here is a FREE 7 minute VIDEO of a wonderful Yoga posture to help with these specific issues. Click here to apply for a free consultation with Sarah.
"I would love to hear from you and am grateful for your interest! You deserve to enjoy your body, your baby and your life, I believe Yoga Psychotherapy can help" - Sarah