Body Awareness, Eating Attitudes, and Spiritual Beliefs of Women Practicing Yoga

Eat Disord. Jul-Sep 2009;17(4):273-92. doi: 10.1080/10640260902991111.


This research evaluated attitudes about body image and eating in women practicing postural yoga. Study 1 described scores from questionnaires on variables related to body awareness, intuitive eating, spirituality, and reasons for practicing. Scores were favorable on all measures with significant correlations (p < .01) among all main variables except between spiritual readiness and intuitive eating, and between BMI and both body awareness and spiritual readiness. Reasons for practicing did not affect scores. Study 2 evaluated interviews in a sub-sample. Qualitative data reported improvements in body satisfaction and disordered eating due in part to yoga and its associated spirituality.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Awareness
  • Body Image*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory
  • Self Concept
  • Spirituality*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Yoga*
  • Young Adult