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Yoga Featured at Emotional Eating Retreat in Virginia

Sep 01, 2015 08:45PM
It is believed that more than 30 million people in the U.S. of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder, including binge and emotional overeating, while it is estimated that about 43 percent of people eat to alter their mood. While yoga research is in its infancy, studies are emerging that indicate that yoga can be an integral part of a wellness program, especially for those struggling with emotional overeating. A weeklong Emotional Eating Retreat will be offered from October 24 to 31 at Shri Nivas Retreat Center in Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in central Virginia which offers magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the James River.

The retreat will be led by Mary Irby and Kalyani Peña. Irby is an E-RYT 500 and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 30 years. She has completed three 200-hour training programs in the U.S. and finished her 500-hour yoga therapy training through the International Yoga Academy in India, where she studied Thiramoolar’s Therapeutic Ashtanga Yoga. Peña specializes in empowering people to embrace their uniqueness through alternative methods and healing retreats. She is a holistic health coach and chef, an RYT-certified yoga instructor and wellness retreat manager. She received her education as a holistic health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

Both Mary and Kalyani have experienced their own struggles with food and body issues and they are passionate about helping their clients, and the attendees at this retreat, achieve health and wellness—emotionally, physically and spiritually—that they very much deserve. 

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