Yoga Effects on Body Satisfaction

In the study linked here, the effects of a single yoga group exercise class were compared to a resistance group exercise class on state body satisfaction and social physique anxiety in women.

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Jul 04, 2016
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27334125

The Appearance Matters conference took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London last week; an international gathering of experts in the field of body image and appearance research. The wide array of fascinating speakers included Susie Orbach, James Partridge OBE and Nichola Rumsey OBE amongst others. Throughout the three days, the latest research on visible differences, eating disorders and body dysmorphia was presented. Yog...a was mentioned both by Dr. Tracy Tylka and Dr. Rachel Calagero who have worked tirelessly to bring attuned exercise programmes, which include elements of yoga, to eating disorder treatment programmes in England and the UK.

In the study linked here, the effects of a single yoga group exercise class were compared to a resistance group exercise class on state body satisfaction and social physique anxiety in women. Both types of exercise class were associated with improvements in body image, with greater improvements following the yoga class. This study provides evidence of the positive effects of yoga for reducing state social physique anxiety and increasing state body satisfaction, adding to correlational evidence suggesting that yoga can be particularly beneficial for improving body image-related outcomes in women.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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