Wellness Through Yoga and the Science Behind it.

Yoga research continues to grow as more people adopt a mindful lifestyle with the practice of yoga. Academics are making new discoveries affirming this ancient practice as beneficial to overall health and for healing. Scroll down the page to learn about  some of the latest yoga research.

Yoga Research- Resources

Dr Tim McCall: 75 Conditions Helped by Yoga:

Dr Tim McCall, MD: 75 Conditions Helped by Yoga

Research shows Therapeutic Yoga is good for the mind and body.

National Institutes for Health (NIH) Website

The National Institutes for Health acknowledges what yoga practitioners have known all along.  Read the  studies  and other medical  information at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  website. This informative site has links to videos, studies and position papers on the value of yoga, especially in the aging process and for stress reduction. Visit the site here:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

NCCIH is currently supporting research on how practicing yoga may affect:
  • Diabetes risk.
  • HIV.
  • Immune function.
  • Forms of arthritis.
  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Smoking cessation.

Harvard Medical School


Yoga Research-Publications

The New Science on the Health Benefits of Yoga


Science Daily

Yoga Shown Effective for Neck Pain

German study shows benefits of yoga for neck pain.


 Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine

Yoga Asana sessions increase brain GABA levels: a pilot study

Streeter CC, Jensen JE, Perlmutter RM, Cabral HJ, Tian H, Terhune DB, Ciraulo DA, Renshaw PF.

Division of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, USA.

In experienced yoga practitioners, brain GABA levels increase after a session of yoga. This suggests that the practice of yoga should be explored as a treatment for disorders with low  GABA levels such as depression and anxiety disorders. Link to web page



A Pragmatic Multicentered Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: Economic Evaluation

Chuang, Ling-Hsiang PhD*; Soares, Marta O. MSc†; Tilbrook, Helen MSc*; Cox, Helen MSc*; Hewitt, Catherine E. PhD*; Aplin, John PhD‡; Semlyen, Anna MSc§; Trewhela, Alison DBL, CSL¶; Watt, Ian MB, ChB*,ı; Torgerson, David J. PhD*

The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of yoga intervention plus usual care compared with usual care alone for chronic or recurrent low back pain. Abstract


Downward-Facing Docs: Med Students Study Yoga To Help Patients, Selves

Rachel Zimmerman, February 10, 2012.

“Many of these schools incorporate into their curriculum an experiential approach, in which students actually participate in some type of “alternative” therapy — yoga, meditation, acupuncture for example — … if patients are doing it, it’s something doctors should know about.” Read the full article

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