Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where a person looses significant weight by restricting their food intake dramatically. On the surface the sufferer shows an anxiety about their physical body and usually sees their body as fat or overweight, even though they are actually not. People with anorexia nervosa tend to have a distorted body image of themselves.

Although this has been predominately a female disorder, it also affects males too. On average this disorder starts to develop around puberty. Yoga can help a person understand themselves on a deeper level than the physical and when used restoratively, the techniques of yoga can help a person heal or cope with their situation. For each individual with this eating disorder, the symptoms may show as the same (weight loss, loss of appetite, image distortion) but the actual cause for them is very individual.


What is the symptom trying to tell you?

As mentioned the cause is unique to the individual here. However, in my experience of working with eating disorders, the root cause tends to be dwelling in the root chakra and its associations. Eating disorders tend to relate to family issues and issues with safety and security. With meditation and yoga work on the root chakra (Muladhara) it is possible to start to heal. Sometimes when a person is affected in the root chakra, this chakra closes down a little or a lot over time and the result/symptom shows itself in Anorexia Nervosa. Practicing root chakra visualisations and postural grounding work can really help a person process and heal their issues there. By wanting to change and heal, and by facing the issues of the root, a person can gain very positive results.


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