Sharon Cannon Yoga for Eating Disorder Recovery

My name is Sharon Cannon and I am a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher specialising in teaching trauma survivors and people in eating disorder recovery.

Coming to this work through the personal experiences of my own trauma and eating disorder recovery, I teach from the heart and am extremely passionate about the healing power of asana, pranayama and meditation practice.  My specific training includes RYT500 Chromatic Yoga Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, Trauma Conscious Yoga Method, Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher in transforming sexual trauma through yoga and Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Eating Disorder Recovery, Eating Disorder Mentoring Group as well as accessible yoga and childrens/teens Yoga.  I provide individual and group trauma informed yoga services to support healing and recovery.  

It is important to recognise that not all yoga classes support a recovery mindset. Like many health campaigns today, yoga has been swept along with social media promoting the stereotype of a particular body type which can be triggering and unhelpful for those in recovery. Students can also be easily influenced by suggestions made by teachers who are unaware their instructions are triggering.  Being trauma sensitive trained I have a deep awareness of how to shape classes that support individuals with trauma history and eating disorders, as well as utilising my own experiences with recovery from eating disorders and body image struggles. In my classes, I take special considerations to create a supportive space which includes empowerment-based language, certain poses are omitted altogether to avoid triggering body shapes and naming of triggering body parts, integration of choices are imperative, considerations of somatic complaints and I do not do any physical assists encouraging students to listen to their bodies sensations and find their own unique expression of the pose.  My yoga classes blend movement, breath, thematic exploration, yogic philosophy and affirmations which can be adapted to individual needs.  I offer each client an intake form and pre/post physical and emotional baseline self assessment if required. 

Here are some of the benefits of asana over time for those in eating disorder recovery: 

• Gentle way to incorporate movement into life and redefine relationship with exercise 

• Each pose is a container for individuals to observe their responses to being in their body 

• Build mental and physical strength 

• Help cultivate appreciation for body 

• Relearn how to feel/sense and notice and name sensation. 

• Relearning sensation can translate into awareness of other sensations, like hunger and fullness and emotions 

• Repetition of asana practice (and other Yoga practices, like breathing, meditation, etc) lead to internal balancing of systems of the body (nervous system, digestive, hormonal, etc plus can help balance mood and positively impact organ health). 

• Purposeful, intentional movement builds self-awareness, helping individuals to “see” themselves. 

• Yoga philosophies, when practiced on the mat and applied to recovery/life, lead to less suffering and invite kindness, compassion, resilience, and other values that forge a positive connection with food, body, self, others, and the world. 

• Gentle asana is downregulating for the nervous system, which helps to ease anxiety, spinning thinking, and leads to mental clarity. 

• Repetition of practices rewires the brain, building new neural pathways that lead to new behaviors. 

Research supports the use of trauma informed yoga within both residential and outpatient recovery programmes. The National Eating Disorder Association states that A 2016 study found that yoga combined with outpatient eating disorder treatment decreased anxiety, depression and body image concerns, suggesting yoga is a valuable adjunct treatment strategy.  More robust studies are needed, but the early research is promising and reiterates anecdotal evidence that yoga can be beneficial for those recovering. Asana includes the body in healing the mind and invites people to turn towards their body rather than away from it.

Member of Professional Body

Yoga Alliance

Referral Criteria & Process

If you're curious about how yoga can be helpful in your healing, recovery and wellbeing, let's connect on a free 20 minute call. whether you are new to yoga or are an experienced practitioner, there's so much to discover about how the practice can heal, empower and offer new tools to support your ongoing healing and wellness. I will gladly answer all your questions during our call and we will discover the best way I can support you going forward. please contact me to book in your call.

Training

RYT500 Chromatic Yoga Teacher Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Trauma Conscious Yoga Method Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher in transforming sexual trauma through yoga Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Eating Disorder Recovery Eating Disorder Mentoring Group Accessible yoga Childrens/Teens Yoga

Qualifications

RYT500 Chromatic Yoga Teacher Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Trauma Conscious Yoga Method Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher in transforming sexual trauma through yoga Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Eating Disorder Recovery Eating Disorder Mentoring Group Accessible yoga Childrens/Teens Yoga

Experience

Guided by her personal and professional experiences, Sharon has been teaching Yoga since 2012 and is dedicated to empowering others with tools and practices to feel at home in their own bodies, to help you regain strength and self worth, feel better in your body, cope with big emotions, be present and get more comfortable in your own skin. We can all embrace the power of Yoga, move safely, create more space in the body and mind, feel good and empowered in our practice and in life. My classes are authentic and welcoming, with different practices offered to suit a range of needs. Yoga meets you exactly where you are.

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Last Updated: 28/06/2021

Chesterfield Road
Ashford
Middlesex
TW15 3PU

Age Groups: (16-18) (19-25) (25+)
Fees: Yes

£50 per session

Sliding Scale Pricing available If the price is more than you can afford without undue burden, please contact me so we can work it out together.

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