Presentation Title

The effects of yoga on eating behavior and psychological states

Presenter's Name(s)

Eliza CordermanFollow

Abstract

This research examines the effects of practicing yoga, as compared to aerobic exercise, on the body and on the mind. Obesity and other diet-related health concerns are increasingly prevalent in society today and it is crucial that we explore different ways to promote healthy behaviors and eating habits that can be sustained over time. There is extensive literature on the benefits of practicing yoga and correlational evidence that show a link between practicing yoga and healthier eating patterns. Using sub scales from the intuitive eating scale, along with other measures to assess psychological state, this research compares the benefits of practicing yoga with other aerobic exercise, specifically cycling. The goal of this research is to explore ways to promote healthier eating behavior through the indirect means of practicing yoga. We are hypothesizing and testing that, through practicing yoga, participants will feel a strong internal motivation to make healthier choices when it comes to food.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Elizabeth Pinel

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Psychological Science

Primary Research Category

Arts & Humanities

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The effects of yoga on eating behavior and psychological states

This research examines the effects of practicing yoga, as compared to aerobic exercise, on the body and on the mind. Obesity and other diet-related health concerns are increasingly prevalent in society today and it is crucial that we explore different ways to promote healthy behaviors and eating habits that can be sustained over time. There is extensive literature on the benefits of practicing yoga and correlational evidence that show a link between practicing yoga and healthier eating patterns. Using sub scales from the intuitive eating scale, along with other measures to assess psychological state, this research compares the benefits of practicing yoga with other aerobic exercise, specifically cycling. The goal of this research is to explore ways to promote healthier eating behavior through the indirect means of practicing yoga. We are hypothesizing and testing that, through practicing yoga, participants will feel a strong internal motivation to make healthier choices when it comes to food.