Get a Better Body Image

Viewing Yourself More Positively with Yoga




Want to make peace with your physique? Step off the treadmill and onto a yoga mat. A report in Psychology of Women Quarterly found that women who participate in mind-body exercises, specifically yoga, are more satisfied with their bodies than those who stick to aerobic workouts. Compared with those who take a step class at the gym, yoga practitioners are more likely to understand their own bodies and judge themselves by qualities such as health, energy level and coordination rather than appearance. Why? The latter “may negatively reinforce the view that you need to constantly strive to improve your body,” notes study author Jennifer Daubenmier, Ph.D.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Yoga Eases Eating Disorders

In two studies, regular yoga classes or individual practice lowered anxiety, depression and negative thoughts in people with eating disorders.

Yoga Boosts Brain Gray Matter

Compared to chronic-pain patients, yoga practitioners have more desirable grey matter in key brain regions, Duke researchers report.

Yoga Boosts Hearts, Shrinks Waistlines

German scientists reviewing 44 studies concluded that hatha yoga improves blood pressure and other markers of heart health while also reducing waist circumference.

Yoga Relieves Back Pain

Two new studies find that with just 12 weeks of yoga classes, chronic back pain can improve 61 percent and sick days can be cut by 75 percent.

Changing How Genes Respond to Stress

Research now suggests that mind-body techniques like yoga and meditation are capable of changing how human genes behave in response to stress.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags