Title

Influence of yoga on body image satisfaction in men

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Ammons Scientific

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

19271

Comments

Reproduced with permission of publisher from: Flaherty, M. Influence of yoga on body image satisfaction in men. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2014, 119, 1, 203-214. © Perceptual and Motor Skills 2014. Original article available here

Abstract

Summary.—The aim of this study was to examine the influence of yoga practice on body image satisfaction in men. Male Figure Drawings were used to explore body image satisfaction in yoga beginners (n = 26, M age = 40.3 yr., SD = 11.6), experienced yoga practitioners (n = 22, M age = 46.4 yr., SD = 11.6), and non-yoga practicing aerobic and weight training exercisers (n = 34, M age = 41.2 yr., SD = 11.9). Satisfaction was significantly higher among the yoga groups than the exercisers. There was no statistical difference between the body satisfaction scores of the experienced yoga group and the beginner yoga students. This may suggest that individuals drawn to yoga have greater body satisfaction than exercisers, and that regular yoga practice possibly further increases body satisfaction.

DOI

10.2466/27.50.PMS.119c17z1

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