Positive Body Image by Lisa Kanne
According to an article I read published by the University of Minnesota, Yoga has been shown to improve a students body image! I feel it is the strong correlation between the body and mind that yoga teachers encourage in each class. Plus the welcoming space and community we have created at Karma Yoga Omaha that keep students coming back.
In the research study lead by University professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, 16 percent of the people participated in at least 30 minutes of yoga per week in the previous year and found they had in improved sense of satisfaction after practicing yoga. Having a negative mental image of one’s body can often predict low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders, according to the study.
“I think it’s important to find a teacher and a practice in an environment that helps you feel better about yourself,” Dianne Neumark-Sztainer said. She lead the study on research conducted by the School of Public Health’s ongoing, 15-year Project EAT, which studies the nutrition, physical activity and weight status of young people. She found Yoga in her own life improved how she felt about herself. Even though this study seems to have demonstrated yoga’s positive effects on body image, additional research will be necessary to definitively prove and understand yoga’s relationship with self-image, Neumark-Sztainer said.
At Karma Yoga Omaha, one student came out of a Restorative class. She sent an email to me that afternoon saying, “It was like a massage for my soul! So relaxing!”
Come try a class to see the positive results for yourself!