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Title: Yoga poses increase subjective energy and state self-esteem in comparison to 'power poses'
Authors: de Zavala, A. G.
Lantos, D.
Bowden, D.
Keywords: Yoga
'Power poses'
Self-esteem
Subjective sense of energy
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Abstract: Research on beneficial consequences of yoga focuses on the effects of yogic breathing and meditation. Less is known about the psychological effects of performing yoga postures. The present study investigated the effects of yoga poses on subjective sense of energy and self-esteem. The effects of yoga postures were compared to the effects of 'powerposes,' which arguably increase the sense of power and self-confidence due to their association with interpersonal dominance (Carney et al., 2010). The study tested the novel prediction that yoga poses, which are not associated with interpersonal dominance but increase bodily energy, would increase the subjective feeling of energy and therefore increase self-esteem compared to 'high power' and 'low power' poses. A two factorial, between participants design was employed. Participants performed either two standing yoga poses with open front of the body (n = 19), two standing yoga poses with covered front of the body (n = 22), two expansive, high power poses (n = 21), or two constrictive, low power poses (n = 20) for 1-min each. The results showed that yoga poses in comparison to ' power poses' increased self-esteem. This effect was mediated by an increased subjective sense of energy and was observed when baseline trait self-esteem was controlled for. These results suggest that the effects of performing open, expansive body postures may be driven by processes other than the poses' association with interpersonal power and dominance. This study demonstrates that positive effects of yoga practice can occur after performing yoga poses for only 2 min.
Peer reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/15691
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00752
ISSN: 1664-1078
Ciência-IUL: https://ciencia.iscte-iul.pt/id/ci-pub-47935
Accession number: WOS:000401311000001
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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