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Yoga has been scientifically-proven to reduce stress, improve mood, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety. A new study from Washington State University says it can also boost body positivity.

Researchers studied 376 people who attended a yoga exercise class for 16 weeks. Over this 16-week period, the participants answered questionnaires designed to measure mindfulness and body image.

As expected, the team saw a positive improvement in body image as the yoga classes progressed. Interestingly, however, an increase in mindfulness coincided with greater body positivity.

This study demonstrates that practicing yoga can improve body image. And mindfulness appears to play a key role.


Cox, A. & McMahon, A. (2019, March 26). Exploring changes in mindfulness and body appreciation during yoga participation. Body Image. Retrieved from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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