Women who practice yoga have better body images and less disordered eating patterns
Did you know?women who practice yoga have better body images and less disordered eating patterns?
Over the years that I have been teaching yoga, some of my clients aged 11 and up have stated yoga helped them?feel better about who they are and more accepting of their bodies which is in?alignment?with the Berkly study. They have also reported yoga helps them manage life’s stress, assisted them to better manage their symptoms associated with ADD, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia and other mood disorders.
Yoga Body Bliss (Article from Sparkpeople.com)
A recent study published by the University of California at Berkeley shows that women who practice yoga have better body images and less disordered eating patterns than women who take part in traditional aerobic exercises. Study participants filled out surveys about the type of exercise they performed, how often, and their feelings about their bodies.
Action Sparked:?This particular study didn’t put women into different exercise groups, so researchers can’t be sure whether women who already felt good about their bodies tended to steer towards yoga, or if the yoga itself helped improve body image. However, yoga, a mind-body exercise, allows practitioners to tune into their bodies, emphasizing their strengths and abilities, not their size or appearance.
This focused practice is also a great stress-reliever. Yoga could help many individuals (including children and men) focus on the positives of their bodies, thus improving how you feel about your body, while helping improve flexibility, strength, and mental focus in the process.
Many gyms now offer yoga classes for children as well as adults. If you think your kids may benefit from yoga as well, try to find a class or video/DVD that is designed specifically for them.