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“For so many women, issues with food and body can hijack life. Sarahjoy Marsh skillfully weaves together principles from yoga philosophy with breathing, movement, and meditation practices to offer a path out of the perpetuating patterns of self- doubt, isolation, and unhappiness that can arise. This book is an invaluable contribution to the worlds of yoga and women’s health—and for anyone exploring the natural intelligence of body and mind as a means of finding balance and freedom.”—Mary Taylor, yoga teacher and author of What Are you Hungry For?

"Marsh offers an important methodology to those impacted by disordered eating—one that creates connection, harmony, and synthesis in one's own being."—Melanie Klein, co-editor of Yoga and Body Image and the co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition

“In this compassionate, down-to-earth guide to yoga for recovery from disordered eating, Sarahjoy Marsh shares profound lessons learned from over 25 years of yoga practice, personal recovery, and successful "360 degree" living. Gracefully integrating traditional yogic wisdom with modern psychological insight, this timely book offers a unique, vital, and much-needed road map to reconnecting with the healing powers of our innate life force.”—Carol Horton, PhD, author of Yoga PhD and co-editor of 21st Century Yoga

About the Author

SARAHJOY MARSH is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, and she has an MA in transpersonal counseling and art therapy. Her twenty-six years of experience in Eastern and Western studies includes the psychology of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and neuroscience. Committed to bridging yoga, psychotherapy, and social justice, Marsh founded the DAYA Foundation, a nonprofit yoga therapy center known for its integrated approach to yoga, mindfulness, and recovery. Her website is www.sarahjoyyoga.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611801931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611801934
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came across Sarahjoy's work just as I was saying to myself, "This cannot be all there is to life!" ...Some of the very words she uses in the introduction to her book. At 43, I was tired, exhausted. Over and over again, Sarahjoy's voice echoes in my head as if it were my own, "I didn't want to be caught in the continuous cycles of food chaos, ever circling my shame, fear, body hatred, and self-disgust. Nor was I willing to live a life of weighing and measuring each thing I put into my mouth...I wanted to live a full-spectrum life where my intelligence, creativity, passion and genuineness were expressed in my words, actions, friendships, career, and relationships." Sounds good, right?

I believe that most women, and anyone with issues related to addiction, will identify with much of Sarahjoy's material. She will help you understand your hunger, biological, spiritual, and emotional. She will help you reframe hope beyond the little high that comes with starting a new food management strategy/diet/exercise plan. She will teach you 4 essential life skills (how to pause and be more present; how to practice being comfortable feeling uncomfortable; how to reshape your inner voice to one of self-kindness, tenderness, and accountability; and how to keep your tank full enough to withstand life's inevitable challenges).

Although many of the practices in the book will make you feel better, INSTANTLY, this is not a quick fix program. I spent months in Stage One, Self Nurturing Discipline, getting my nervous system to calm down before I was able to move into and fully appreciate Stage Two, Self-Empathy. I am looking forward to Stage Three, Forgiveness and Freedom, realizing that this is a journey, an investment, in my future.
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This book is one of the most powerful tools I have ever experienced. The depth of understanding Ms. Marsh has of recovery is such a gift. There are many, many exercises in this book, all of which can be done by anyone (no yoga experience needed), each described clearly and with photo illustrations, and are spot on as vehicles for change. This book is a must read for anyone interested in working with an over-active/traumatic nervous system response, not just those in recovery from an eating disorder.
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There is a lot of wisdom in this book about addictions. She speaks to eating disorders, but I think all addictions are alike at their core. Here's something I thought was great --

"The choices you have made with addiction were once intelligent, adaptive life skills intended to support your very survival. Everyone's “life skills” set is generated out of his or her earliest life experiences and experiments. Our early attempts to understand, soothe, enjoy, connect, belong, express ourselves, to name a few of our fundamental human needs, were all mini-research experiments for life.”

So, she says, when some distress arises, my addiction is programmed to come up first in the options screen for coping or soothing! OMG! This makes sense, and the suggestion that it grew out of some need to adapt to a situation also makes a lot of sense.

So, why the 3? Only because, for ME, yoga wasn't going to be my go-to fix. When I'm honest with myself, I WANT to think I can meditate or think or stretch or breathe my way into new intelligent behaviors, but I will, in fact, give up too easily. I don't do yoga now, so thinking it's going to fix me is just wrong thinking. I bought this because of the stellar reviews, but I didn't think it through for my application.

After reading this Hunger, Hope book, I next read the book, "How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too: Stop Binge Eating, Overeating and Dieting For Good. Get the Naturally Thin Body You Crave From the Inside Out." An even more AMAZING book! Holy Cow! This book contains not only awesome DIFFERENT (but related, I believe) theories about why we overeat, and genuinely practical action plans to reverse lifelong problem behaviors.

My two cents. If you are a yoga person, this book probably will help. Otherwise, decide for yourself.
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I have taken yoga classes from Sarahjoy when she visits our local area. She is an amazing person, and really lives what she teaches. I love her teaching style. She is one of the most intelligent and articulate teachers I have met, and I learn so much every time ( I have a Masters degree in Social Work). Sarahjoy is compassionate, warm and yet very direct and clear with what she knows works. I trust her completely.
The book reflects her life and learning, from her own struggles in the past, she presents a clear path of how one can move forward.
The book is not a simplistic self-help book, and not a quick read, as it offers a different way to look at our relationship with food. However the yoga and exercises themselves are not difficult, easy to understand, and can make a difference quite quickly, by helping you to begin to calm your nervous system. I bought this book because I love her teaching, and I know I have a lot to learn from it, even after taking the workshop. I don't have severe eating problems, and so cannot comment on it's effectiveness for that. But I believe most of us have a somewhat uneasy relationship to food and can take a good look here. So much of the book is applicable to anyone who has struggled with making friends with their bodies, is too anxious, or has depression. The yoga is doable by anyone, that is one of Sarahjoy's specialties. This is one of the best books I have bought in a long time.
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