Hello, I am Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD. I deeply believe that everyone who struggles with an eating disorder has the ability to become healthy and strong in mind and body. In my 22 years of navigating the highs and lows of recovery, yoga has been an essential and constant tool that's facilitated a great deal of my healing and empowerment. Based on my personal experience and professional training as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, my goal is to help individuals with eating disorders cultivate resilience in recovery through yoga and mindfulness practices and techniques.
Yoga is not a cure, but it can be a powerful tool to navigate the daily challenges of recovery. The wear and tear of everyday life, with it's stress and triggers, can make it difficult to gain and maintain traction in recovery. My program, Resilience Yoga, is designed to activate and cultivate characteristics essential to a well-supported recovery.
Benefits of Yoga for Eating Disorder Recovery
- improve overall sense of self
- redefine relationship with one's body
- reframe how and why we feed our bodies
- expand one's world to be so much more than food and body image
- help manage depression and anxiety
- cultivate self-reliance
- increase self-worth
- enhance physical strength and health
- improve organ function
- calm the central nervous system
- establish new beliefs grounded in health versus disordered eatingWhen We Work Together
We will explore a variety of personalized ways yoga can best help assist you in your recovery journey. Our sessions can be done in person or on Skype or Google Hangouts if you do not live in the Philadelphia area. Our work together begins with a free 30-minute consultation. During this time I will answer your questions and share specifics about yoga therapy and my approach. Our 60-minute sessions will include yoga poses, breathing exercises, mental techniques, exercise routines, meditation, relaxation, and lifestyle education.
In addition to working with individuals one on one, I also do workshops and work with small groups.
At the age of 18 I was diagnosed with anorexia. Twenty-two years later, I continue to use my therapeutic support system. Above all other tools, however, yoga has been a source of steadiness in my recovery process, and has led me to teach as well as train to become a yoga therapist. Because of my own experiences, I am extremely passionate about helping others connect with their natural gift of resilience. Besides raising my children, I believe there is nothing more important I can do with my life than to help others with eating disorders navigate recovery with yoga, and I am dedicated to helping you.
I have more than 14 years' experience practicing and teaching yoga. I am a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) with the Yoga Alliance. I am also a Yoga Therapist and am actively working toward a 1,000-hour certification at the Yoga Life Institute in Wayne, PA.