Presenter(s): Katherine Huynh
Title: The Relationship of Age and Conformity in a Group Yoga Class
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Katherine Van Allen, Psychology

This presentation examines the hypothesis that older participants in fitness classes modify movements while younger participants conform. Younger adults exert the most challenging variation because it is not perceived as the norm to modify. Participants in several mixed level yoga classes were observed at a yoga studio. The result of this study shows a relationship between age and conformity. Obesity is prevalent in the United States costing billions of dollars and a study like this could motivate individuals to increase their health and well-being. By taking small steps towards good health, we can make a large impact on society.