Yoga for Eating Disorders

At 15, I nearly died of a stroke caused by severe anorexia. Yoga saved my life. I'm not getting off this yoga mat til' others have the same opportunity. Period!
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Chelsea Roff
Health
Venice, California
United States
6 Team Members

On September 15th at 8am, I climbed onto the 'You Are Beautiful' building, laid my yoga mat down on the roof, and I am not getting off this mat 'til all the funds for our campaign are raised. Period!

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When I was 15 years old, I nearly died from a stroke caused by severe anorexia. I was 58 pounds, severely depressed, and had given up on my life. Two weeks before my 16th birthday, I was removed from my parents’ custody and placed under the custodianship of the hospital. I lived there for nearly 18 months. 

When I got out of the hospital, my therapist encouraged me to try yoga. I was still significantly underweight and terrified of people, but I went... only to discover a practice (and community) that changed my life. I went from surviving to thriving; from living half a life to experiencing joy and freedom I never imagined possible. Over the past six years, I’ve developed a program called Yoga for Eating Disorders™ based on my experience. I offer it in hopes that others, too, can recover their lives from this disease.

Chances are you know someone with an eating disorder. Maybe it’s a daughter, maybe it’s a friend, maybe it’s an ex-lover or spouse. An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from eating disorders, but only 1 in 10 ever receive treatment. This disease kills nearly half a million people every year - it has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness

I used to believe that no one recovered from an eating disorder. Every person I knew who had struggled with this disease was still struggling, recovery seemed hopeless and impossible. But now I know: Freedom is possible. Joy is possible. There is a way out of this illness, and yoga is an incredible tool in paving the path to healing. 

My goal is to help other women find their way out of this illness -- just like my community helped me in my time of need. I am partnering with the Give Back Yoga Foundation to offer Yoga for Eating Disorders™ as a service at treatment centers and to conduct an evidence-based study on its effectiveness in improving treatment outcomes.  Please support our campaign. 

 

Yoga for Eating Disorders™ is a 3-day program that teaches patients practical tools to cope with difficult emotions, tune into hunger and fullness signals, and ultimately use yoga to support their recovery rather than act out in their eating disorder.

 

 

 

For every $5000 raised, we can offer the program at one treatment center in the United States.

Your funds support travel, lodging, data collection, curriculum development, support staff, materials, and related expenses.

Your funds will also allow me to visit one high school and one college in the hosting city to speak to young people about eating disorder prevention.

The sky is the limit. 50K is minimum. The more money we raise, the greater our potential impact. 

 

 

 

Healthcare

The average cost of treating an eating disorder is  $1,250 per day, and even at that rate over half of patients relapse after discharge. Yoga for Eating Disorders™ is a cost-effective program that teaches patients critical skills for long term recovery; potentially shortening treatment, reducing relapse, and ultimately saving lives.

Knowledge

Your support will allow us to collect data to assess whether Yoga for Eating Disorders™ improves treatment outcomes. Our hope is that this research will bestow greater legitimacy to yoga-based interventions in medical settings and ultimately make it possible to offer the program in centers worldwide.

Prevention

More than one half of teenagers use unhealthy control behaviors (e.g. fasting, vomiting and taking laxatives) to control their weight. Your support will allow me to speak with young people about developing healthy relationships with their bodies and emotions, as well as teach educators how to stop eating disorders before they start.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • $10USD
    Rooftop Sun Saluations

    Donate $10, and I'll give you a public thank you on our livestream and do 5 sun saluations for you on the roof! You can watch it live at: www.occupyyouarebeautiful.com. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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  • $20USD
    Rooftop Handstand

    Donate $20, and I'll give you a public thank you on our livestream + do a handstand for you on the roof! You can watch it live at: www.occupyyouarebeautiful.com. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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  • $25USD
    Thank You Videogram

    Doesn't it feel good to see and hear from people you help? I think so too. That's why if you donate $25, I'll send you a video thank you from patients and professionals at one of the tratment centers we visit. It'll probably make you tear up. $25 for a happy cry? Come on, it doesn't get better than that!

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  • $50USD
    Watch My Talk About Resilience

    Receive exclusive access to my 1-hr interview on GaiamTV (usually stuck behind a paywall!). The theme of the interview is resilience. I talk about everything from gay parenting, to early childhood trauma, to the causes of eating disorders, to caring for a parent with dementia. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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    $75USD
    Signed Book w/ Personal Note

    You'll receive a signed copy of the book 21st Century Yoga, and I'll write a personal thank you note inside. I authored a chapter in the book called Starved for Connection: Healing Anorexia Through Yoga. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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  • $100USD
    Recognition On My Website

    I'll list your name/organization (with an active link) on my personal website. Your name, company, or organization will forever be remembered as one of the original supporters of Yoga for Eating Disorders. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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    $125USD
    Signed Book From Rolf Gates

    In addition to the video thank you, you'll receive a signed copy of the first yoga book I ever read - Meditations on the Mat by Rolf Gates. Rolf is an addiction recovery specialist himself and is a dear friend and mentor to me. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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    $150USD
    Gaiam Yoga Gift Pack

    In addition to the video thank you, you'll receive a special Gaiam gift pack! The package includes a Sol yoga mat, wooden block, strap, and 3 months of free documentaries, yoga classes, and lectures on GaiamTV. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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    $300USD
    Hanuman Festival Playmate

    You'll get to come with me to my favorite yoga event ever -- Hanuman Festival!! We'll sing, dance, and do cartwheels together, and I'll introduce you to all the amazing people who supported me in my recovery over the years. Hanuman was my first yoga festival and introduced me to a community I now consider family. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    $400USD
    Global Action Summit Pass

    You'll receive a pass to Off the Mat Into the World's 2014 Global Action Summit! I did training with this nonprofit in 2009, and I credit their program for kickstarting the work I do today. The Global Action Summit features talks from leaders in political action, mental health, international human rights work, social justice, and precedes Wanderlust Festival Tahoe each year. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Spotlight in Origin Magazine

    You'll be spotlighted in the second-largest conscious lifestyle magazine in the world, Origin Magazine. Origin will feature you (or your organization) and how you're giving back to the world.You will also receive a Thank You Videogram. (You must have a high-res photo)

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  • $750USD
    Photo Shoot (LA Only)

    You'll receive a photo shoot with LA-based photographer Sarit Z. Rogers (the incredible woman who took the photos on this page!). Sarit is an eating disorder survivor and body image advocate herself, and I can tell you from personal experience that she has an amazing way of making clients feel beautiful, confident, and at ease in their own skin in front of a camera. Package includes 2 retouched images for print or digital use. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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  • $950USD
    Family Consults

    For families struggling with eating disorders: You and your family receive 3 90-minute consults with me (via Skype). Sessions include intake, consult, and linkage (to connect you with the highest caliber professionals, yoga teachers, and resources in your area), plus a 30 minute follow-up after 3 months. All ED clients must be seeing a therapist and/or physician. Consults will be booked in the order they're received as per contributors' availability, at a rate of 1 per week, starting in October.

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  • $1,000USD
    5 Hours Editing or Copywriting

    Do you have a bio that needs rewriting? Or a website that's in desperate need of content? If you donate $1000, I'll work closely with you to create written content for your website, newsletter, press release or book. You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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  • $2,000USD
    Personalized Blog

    You get to choose the topic of my next blog! And I'll make a point in the dedication to tell everybody about how awesome you are for funding my project. Blog topics must be non-promotional and limited to 1200 words. (I blog for Intent.com, Elephant Journal, Care2, Yahoo Shine, and Huffington Post, but cannot guarantee which platform your blog will be featured on). You will also receive a Thank You Videogram.

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  • $2,500USD
    Keynote Talk

    I'll give a customized keynote speech at your event. I speak regularly at universities, conferences, schools, and professional organizations about topics such as overcoming adversity, eating disorder recovery, caring for a parent with dementia, and same-sex parenting. Wanna give something back to your alma mater? Donate me! I even do birthdays and bat mitzvahs. :D (Travel and lodging not included)

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  • $2,500USD
    Retreat to New Zealand

    Take a 7-day retreat to Queenstown, New Zealand for FREE (airfare not included). Includes luxury accommodations at the Rees Hotel, all meals, yoga, fitness classes, nutritional seminars, mountain bike tour, winery visits, & a helicopter tour. Estimated value: $4900

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $3,000USD
    Seminar for Professionals

    This day-long seminar gives helping professionals (such as therapists, nutritionists, physicians, and yoga instructors) a window into the process of eating disorder recovery from the perspective of a former sufferer. The seminar includes lecture, group discussion, and interactive exercises. (Travel and lodging not included)

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  • $5,000USD
    3-Day Yoga Workshop

    Special for yoga studios! For the first 12 studios that make at tax-deductible 5K donation, I’ll teach my 3-day Yoga, Food, and Body Image Intensive at no cost to your studio. The program is priced at $300 per participant, so if you have just 17 sign-ups you’ll make your entire donation back. If you have 30 sign-ups, you’ll make $9,000. (Travel and lodging INCLUDED)

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  • $25,000USD
    My First Book Dedicated to You

    If you make a $25K donation, I will forever sing your praises. And to commemorate your awesomeness, I'll dedicate my first book to you.

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