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Befriending Your Body

A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating

Ann Saffi Biasetti



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15 August 2018
People who struggle with disordered eating find themselves in an unrelenting cycle of harsh self-judgment, painful emotions, and harmful behaviors. The body is seen as an enemy, something to struggle with, and they may withdraw from life and become isolated. This holistic, wonderfully effective approach by psychotherapist, yogi, Buddhist, and meditation teacher Ann Saffi Biasetti focuses on two key areas of growth shared by people who recover successfully- self-compassion and embodiment. This insight, informed by yoga and mindfulness meditation, views the body not just as something to be healed or restored, but as a source of great wisdom and knowledge.

Biasetti guides readers through nine phases of recovery, with experiential exercises, including yoga-based movement, body-awareness practices, meditations, and reflections (journaling prompts). Readers learn how to release long-held habits of self-criticism and perfectionism and instead rebuild self-compassion, self-care, body awareness and acceptance, and reconnection to the self and to other people.
By:   Ann Saffi Biasetti
Imprint:   Shambhala
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9781611806083
ISBN 10:   1611806089
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   15 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ANN SAFFI BIASETTI, PhD, LCSW, ERYT has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty-five years. She has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University/Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and is licensed as a clinical social worker, having obtained her MSW from Fordham University. She maintains a private practice in Saratoga Springs, New York, specializing in somatic psychotherapy and eating disorder recovery. Dr. Biasetti is also a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and mindfulness and self-compassion teacher/trainer, trained in the Mindful Self-Compassion program. She is a lecturer at Skidmore College's social work department. She has developed a teacher-training program in mindfulness-based restorative yoga to promote embodiment and embodied awareness. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and her animals and traveling. She practices yoga and Buddhist mediation, both which have inspired her to write this book.

Reviews for Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating

Ann Saffi Biasetti, like all the best teachers of self-compassion, shares her teaching through her loving connected presence. You can feel it when you are in her presence and you can feel it in the pages of this warm, supportive, and encouraging book. Drawing upon the latest science related to self-compassion and its role in well-being, wellness and health, Ann weaves this knowledge and wisdom into a practical guide to finding a new relationship between you and your body: the most important (and often the most conflicted) relationship a human being can have. Ann teaches how having a warm and encouraging relationship with ourselves can then allow us to make change, not because we aren't good enough as we are, but because we long for something better. Reading this book is motivating, encouraging, inspiring and most of all, compassionate. You'll be glad you followed this path with the author. --Steven D. Hickman, PsyD., Associate Clinical Professor, University of California at San Diego, Executive Director, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Founding Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness Dr. Biasetti's work hits the sweet spot where self-compassion training and eating disorder recovery intersect--the body--and she shows how compassionate, embodied awareness heals. --Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion Befriending Your Body is a valuable resource for creating a new relationship with your body and with food. Full of meditation, yoga, and self-compassion practices, this wise and loving book will be a much needed antidote to body-shaming and self-loathing which plague so many women. This book is a healing gift. --Dr. Susan Pollak, co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, President, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, co-founder, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Harvard Medical School. This book could become a treasured friend to those in recovery from any sort of eating disorder. --New Spirit Journal

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