Chances are you know someone with an eating disorder. An estimated twenty-four million Americans suffer from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, and anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The average cost of eating disorder treatment is$1,250 per day, and even at that rate over half of patients relapse after discharge. Eating disorders from anorexia to binge eating–take a massive toll on our healthcare system and are crippling not only for the sufferer, but for their family, friends, and society as well. 

Yoga can be a game-changer in the treatment of eating disorders. By teaching critical skills for connecting with one’s body, calming the nervous system, and tuning into hunger and fullness signals, yoga and meditation equips those who struggle with these issues with skills that pharma- ceuticals, talk therapy, and other traditional forms of treatment simply cannot provide. As a complementary treatment, Yoga for Eating Disorders provides clients with skills for long term recovery; potentially shortening treatment, reducing relapse, and ultimately saving lives.

Eat Breathe Thrive™ was created by Chelsea Roff, a former sufferer who found healing from an eating disorder through yoga and community support. Chelsea created Eat Breathe Thrive™ to give back the gifts that were given to her by yoga teachers, therapists, and community in her time of need. EBT programs teach individuals critical skills for long-term recovery, including how to track hunger and fullness signals, cope with difficult emotions, and overall create a sense of home in one’s own skin.

Eat Breathe Thrive™ was given wings in 2014, when Chelsea partnered with The Give Back Yoga Foundation and raised over $51,000 on IndieGoGo. The fundraising effort ended in a widely-publicized rooftop #OccupyYouAreBeautiful campaign.

Our programs are designed to serve individuals who struggle with food and body image challenges on all ends of the spectrum, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and negative body image. Our clinical programs, offered as a complementary treatment in treatment centers around the country, aim to shorten treatment, reduce relapse, and give clients skills for full recovery. Our community-based programs, offered in yoga studios, universities, and community centers worldwide, act as a transitional program for individuals coming out of treatment and help individuals who struggle at a non-clinical level recover from negative body image and disordered eating.