064 Mindfulness and Body Image through Yoga

Negative body image has been associated with low self-esteem, eating disorders, and mental illness. Many young people, including young girls, are dissatisfied with their bodies, even at an early age, and this has been shown to continue and worsen over time.

As part of Washington State University’s Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Sport Science major Veronica Garcia shares research on the effect of physical activity on body image, why it might be effective, and specifically, with her mentor, Associate Professor Anne Cox, a 16-week study examining the relationships of mindfulness and self-compassion to body appreciation and something called body surveillance, all with women participating in a yoga course.

Veronica talks about these essential relationships and strategies that will support more positive body image.