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Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood

Halliwell, Emma; Jarman, Hannah; Slater, Amy; Tylka, Tracy L.


Emma Halliwell
Associate Professor in Psychology

Hannah Jarman

Amy Slater
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

Tracy L. Tylka


Yoga is an embodying activity that promotes body awareness, body connection, body responsiveness, and appreciation of body functionality, and it therefore may be a beneficial school-based intervention for children’s body image. The present study examined the impact of a 4-week yoga intervention on pre-adolescent girls’ and boys’ body image (body appreciation, body esteem, and body surveillance) and mood (positive and negative affect) 1-week post-intervention and at 6-week follow-up. British children (N = 344; 54.4% female) aged 9-11 years were recruited from four schools, two of which were randomly assigned to the yoga intervention and two to a physical education control condition. Unexpectedly, both groups increased body appreciation, body esteem, and positive mood, and decreased body surveillance and negative affect from baseline to post-intervention and/or follow-up. Children in the yoga intervention evaluated the sessions very favourably; the majority desired to participate in more lessons. Potential explanations for these findings are discussed.


Halliwell, E., Jarman, H., Slater, A., & Tylka, T. L. (2018). Evaluating the impact of a brief yoga intervention on preadolescents’ body image and mood. Body Image, 27, 196-201.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 22, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2019
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Pages 196-201
Keywords body image
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