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Hunger, Hope, and Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food Paperback – February 24, 2015
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"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
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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.Read more ›
"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.
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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Great insighful book. I'm already seeing changes in my outlook. I finally have hope! That self nurturing protocol is one of the most important tools. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Praizer4ever
Sarahjoy's brilliance is insightful and inspiring. Her teachings about how food serves us in times of need leads us to recognition and self compassion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leslie Berman
This book is as gentle as it is powerful. The author's clarity and compassion bring home messages that I truly need to hear. Grateful for these gifts!Published 5 months ago by Raphael Cushnir
How often does an author write from the head and heart with the same words? Sarahjoy Marsh does. She addresses issues that we are not allowed to speak about, but that hold an... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tidal Wave productions (Consignment)
This is a beautifully written book -- one of the wisest on food and body image that I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura J. George
This book provides not only a psychological understanding of addiction but also offers physical experiences (breathing and simple movement) to more holistically integrate the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer