Yoga practitioners can have a complicated relationship with food and become hyper-aware about what they do – and don’t – put in their body. In recent years we’ve seen the rise of the clean eating movement that divides food into two camps: heroes (kale, the avocado) and villains (meat, bread).
Clean eating has been accused of being slimming in disguise. Eating disorders are not uncommon in the yoga community as the practices can trigger and reinforce certain behaviour patterns. And yet at the same time, yoga undoubtedly can play a redemptive role with its inherent message of self-acceptance, body appreciation and connection to the greater Self.
On 1 November, we held a teacher’s symposium on this sometimes difficult topic in our Camden centre. What transpired was a fascinating look at the relationship between yoga and food, with insights from our expert panellists. For those who couldn’t attend, we’re releasing it here as a bonus episode in our ongoing triyoga talks podcast series. We hope you enjoy.
Panellists at the symposium were:
- Dr Melody Moore. A yoga teacher and clinical psychologist with a specialism in eating disorders. Melody is the founder of the Embody Love Movement, a non-profit with a mission to empower girls and women to see and celebrate their inner beauty.
- Carolyn Cowan. A Kundalini yoga teacher, teacher trainer, and psychosexual therapist specialising in addiction and body image.
- Tom Norrington-Davies. A KPJAYI authorised Ashtanga teacher, chef, cookbook author and former food columnist for the Guardian and Daily Telegraph.
- Hannah Whittingham. Recovering anorexic, Vinyasa Yoga teacher, co-author of “Greed, Sex, Intention: Living Like a Yogi in the 21st Century”, and former student at the Royal Ballet.