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A randomized experimental evaluation of a yoga-based body image intervention

Halliwell, Emma; Dawson, Kayleigh; Burkey, Samantha


Emma Halliwell
Associate Professor in Psychology

Kayleigh Dawson

Samantha Burkey


Recent literature argues that body image interventions need to become more embodied. This paper evaluates a brief yoga-based body image intervention which incorporates themes specifically tailored to focus on positive body image. Young women (Mage= 20.21, SDage = 2.15) were randomly allocated to a four-session yoga intervention (n = 22) or a control condition (n = 22). Compared to controls, participants in the yoga condition reported significant increases in body appreciation, body connectedness, body satisfaction, and positive mood at posttest and at 4-week follow-up. There were no significant changes in negative mood or body surveillance. These findings add to existing evidence that yoga can improve women’s body image and positive mood. In addition, they suggest that a strong thematic focus on positive body image can achieve benefits at relatively low yoga doses. These findings are important as intervention length impacts the potential for dissemination.


Halliwell, E., Dawson, K., & Burkey, S. (2019). A randomized experimental evaluation of a yoga-based body image intervention. Body Image, 28, 119-127.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 13, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 16, 2019
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 17, 2020
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Pages 119-127
Keywords Embodiment, positive body image, yoga, intervention, body appreciation, body image
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