Chances are you know someone with an eating disorder; maybe it’s a friend, maybe a daughter, maybe an ex-lover. An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from eating disorders, and only one in ten ever receive treatment. This disease kills nearly half a million people every year – anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Yoga teacher, author and activist Chelsea Roff has experienced first hand how yoga can be a game changer in eating disorder treatment. At 15 years old, she nearly died from a stroke resulting from severe anorexia. She was 58 pounds, severely depressed, and completely disconnected from her body. When she discovered yoga while in treatment, everything changed. As she wrote in her chapter in 21st Century Yoga, she went from surviving to thriving; from living half a life to experiencing joy and freedom like she never imagined possible.
In the six years since, she found herself wanting to share this freedom and help others find their way out of the illness. She’s developed a program called Yoga for Eating Disorders that teaches practical tools for intuitive eating, self-compassion, and coping with difficult emotions.
She’s partnering with the Give Back Yoga Foundation to raise $50,000 to teach the program at centres around the US at no charge and conduct an evidence-based study on its effectiveness in treating eating disorders.
Support Chelsea’s Indiegogo campaign! She has a whole bunch of swell perks for contributors – and even better, you will know that your donation goes directly to bring yoga into eating disorder treatment centres around North America.
In case you need more convincing, here is Chelsea’s charming video pitch.
Get all the details about the project at indiegogo.com/projects/yoga-for-eating-disorders
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