How Yoga Practice Can
Transform Your Relationship To Food
by Melissa Grabau, PhD
A good yoga class feeds both our bodies and our minds, and carries over
into our everyday life. What might yoga practice have to teach us about
our relationship to food and our bodies? Melissa Grabau, PhD, author of
The Yoga of Food, explains.
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1. Your new book is called The Yoga of Food.
Most people think of yoga as a physical practice—how does yoga apply to
The word yoga means "to yoke" or "unite;"
yoga can be thought of as a method to unite the mind with the body. For
my purposes, the yoga of food means to yoke the purpose of eating,
nourishment of the body, with the act of eating. In other words, the
physical practice of yoga aims toward more embodied living. The yoga of
food aims toward more embodied eating.
2. What inspired
you to write The Yoga of Food?
I've struggled with my own
relationship to food and my body, so that provides the visceral
backdrop for the book. On top of that, many of my clients struggle with
their bodies as well. That may not be why they seek out therapy, but it
often comes up. Years into therapy, a client may say, "You know, I
haven't mentioned this before, but I think about my weight everyday and
beat myself up about it all the time."
3. What are some examples
of such a negative self-body relationship?
Often, it's very subtle. It may be a backdrop buzz of self-criticism.
Sometimes it is an unconscious girdle of holding around the belly and
shallow breathing of which you are not even aware. The incessant
preoccupation with looks or the need to exert control over the flesh,
for example, by losing weight or getting a prescribed amount of
exercise. These all reflect an outside-in relationship to the body
rather than allowing the body to be the guide. On the extreme side are
instances of bingeing and purging, or even starvation.
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transmitted through rituals called initiations. What are magical
initiations? Do we necessarily need to be part of a magical order to be
initiated? Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of the new Rediscover the Magick of the Gods and Goddesses,