Research & Studies

Quality research is important for any field of well-being, health-care and personal development.


Research into the benefits of yoga

Quality research is important for any field of well-being, health-care and personal development. It could be argued that the practice of yoga has undergone hundreds of years of research through the trialling of the ancient practitioners, who in turn observed the effects upon their students. However in our contemporary context, we expect that protocols, interventions and other activities that form part of our well-being or health-care plan can ‘stand the test’ of our contemporary research methods. In recent years there have been a growing number of well designed studies into the health benefits of yoga. These show that the practice of yoga is safe, useful and very cost effective for a wide range of conditions and life-stages Yoga Australia continues to keep informed of the latest research and has compiled a representative list of some of the areas of research undertaken in the past few years.

Industry Intelligence & Business of Yoga Working Group: Discussion points from Roy Morgan Research ‘Yoga Participants Profile’

Yoga Participants: Who are they in Australia

Lynn Romeo


When the teacher is ready the students will be there

Lynn Romeo



Towards more diverse participation in Yoga: Are we teaching people who are the same as us?

Lynn Romeo



Is Yoga Training Beneficial for Exercise-induced Bronchoconstriction?

F. Tahan, H.E. Gungor, E. Bicici.


Assessment of the Quality of Life in Patients with Bronchial Asthma, Before and After Yoga: a Randomised Trial

C. Sodhi, S. Singh, and Amit Bery Department of Physiology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, India Department of Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital,


Back Pain

Which CAM modalities are worth considering

R. Zoorob, S. Chakrabarty, H. O’Hara, C. Kihlberg


Effectiveness of Iyengar yoga in treating spinal (back and neck) pain: A systematic review

E. M. Crow, E. Jeannot, A. Trewhela


Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice – Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain society

R. Chou,  A. Qaseem, V. Snow,  D. Casey,  J. T. Cross Jr, P. Shekelle, D. K. Owens


Comparing Yoga, Exercise, and a Self-Care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain

K. J. Sherman, D. C. Cherkin, J. Erro, D. L. Miglioretti, R. A. Deyo


Yoga as therapy: when is it helpful

G. Verrastro


The efficacy of yoga as an intervention for chronic back pain -A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

A. M. Diaz, M. J. Kolber, C. K. Patel, P. S. Pabian, C. E. Rothschild, W. J. Hanney


Behavioural Disorders

Yoga in an Urban School for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: A Feasibility Study

N. J. Steiner, T. K. Sidhu, P. G. Pop, E. C. Frenette, E. C. Perrin.



Yoga management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a randomised controlled pilot

A. Loudon, T Barnett, N. Piller, M. A. Immink, A. D. Williams


Yoga’s Impact on Inflammation, Mood, and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial

J. K. Kiecolt-Glaser, J. M. Bennett, R. Andridge, J. Peng, C. L. Shapiro, W. B. Malarkey, C. F. Emery, R. Layman, E. E. Mrozek, R. Glaser


Effect of Yoga on Sleep Quality among Adult Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review Protocol

G. Alexander, S. Lockwood


Randomized, Controlled Trial of Yoga in Women With Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy

K. D. Chandwani, G. Perkins, H. R. Nagendra, N. V. Raghuram, A. Spelman, R. Nagarathna, K. Johnson, A. Fortier, B. Arun, Q. Wei, C. Kirschbaum, R. Haddad, G. S. Morris, J. Scheetz, A. Chaoul, L. Cohen


Children’s yoga

Therapeutic effects of yoga for children: a systematic review of the literature

M. L Galantino, R. Galbavy, L. Quinn


Evaluation of the mental health benefits of yoga in a secondary school: a preliminary randomized controlled trial

S. B. Khalsa, L. Hickey-Schultz, D. Cohen, N. Steiner, S. Cope


Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn yoga program among children with autism spectrum disorders

K. P. Koenig, A. Buckley-Reen, S. Garg


Implementing yoga within the school curriculum: a scientific rationale for improving social-emotional learning and positive student outcomes

B. Butzer, D. Bury, S.Telles, and S. B. S. Khalsa


Are There Benefits from Teaching Yoga at Schools? A Systematic Review of Randomized Control Trials of Yoga-Based Interventions

Ferreira-Vorkapic, C., Feitoza, J. M., Marchioro, M., Simões, J., Kozasa, E., & Telles, S.


Yoga as a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

Amy L. Accardo


Using Yoga to Reduce Stress and Bullying Behaviors among Urban Youth

Erin E. Centeio, Laurel Whalen, Erica Thomas, Noel Kulik, Nate McCaughtry


Yoga in Public School Improves Adolescent Mood and Affect

Felver JC, Butzer B, Olson KJ, Smith IM, Khalsa SBS


Benefits of yoga for psychosocial well-being in a US high school curriculum: a preliminary randomized controlled trial.

Noggle JJ, Steiner NJ, Minami T, Khalsa SB


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Effects of yoga training in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

X. C. Liu, L. Pan, Q. Hu, W. P Dong, J. H. Yan, L. Dong


Effect of yoga regimen on lung functions including diffusion capacity in coronary artery disease patients

R. K. Yadav



Restorative yoga and its metabolic risk factors

A. M. Kanaya, M. R. G. Araneta, S. B. Pawlowsky, E. Barrett-Connor, D. Grady, E. Vittinghoff, M. Schembri , A. Chang, M. L. Carrion-Petersen, T. Coggins, D. Tanori, J. M. Armas, R. J. Cole



Yoga and Hypertension: A Systematic Review

A Tyagi, M. Cohen


A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effects of Yoga With an Active Control on Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Individuals With Prehypertension and Stage 1 Hypertension

M. Hagins, A. Rundle, N. S. Consedine, PhD;3 S. B. S. Khalsa


Yoga for hypertension: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials

P. Posadzkia, H. Cramere, A. Kuzdzalc, M. S. Leed,f, E. Ernstf



The Effects of Mind-Body Therapies on the Immune System: Meta-Analysis

N. Morgan, M. R. Irwin, M. Chung, C. Wang


Mental Health

Yoga for schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis

H. Cramer, R. Lauche, P Klose, J. Langhorst, G. Dobos


“A Feeling of Connectedness”: Perspectives on a Gentle Yoga Intervention for Women with Major Depression

P. A. Kinser, C. Bourguignon, R. Steeves


Yoga and health

D. K. Taneja


Can yoga reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression?

I. B. Skowronek, A. Mounsey, L. Handler, R. Guthmann


Yoga for Depression

H. Cramer, R. Lauche, J. Langhorst, G. Dobos

Effects of Yoga Exercise Program on Response of Stress, Physical Fitness and Self Esteem in Middle Aged Women

M. S.Park, K. S. Kim


Yoga for prenatal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis

H. Gong, C. Ni, X. Shen, T. Wu, C. Jiang



STOP THE unnecessary suffering

I. Spierts


A Review of Current Therapeutic Practice for the Management of Chronic Pain

D. Devan


Cognitive and emotional control of pain and its disruption in chronic pain

C. Bushnell, M. Čeko, L. A. Low


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The use of yoga, mediation, mantram and mindfulness to enhance coping mechanisms in Veterans with PTSD

R. Fiore, R. Nelson, E. Tosti


Examining Mechanisms of Change in a Yoga Intervention for Women: The Influence of Mindfulness, Psychological Flexibility, and Emotion Regulation on PTSD Symptoms

A. M. Dick, B. L. Niles, A. E. Street, D. M. Di Martino, K. S. Mitchell


Restless Legs

Efficacy of an Eight-Week Yoga Intervention on Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): A Pilot Study

K. E. Innes, T. K Selfe, P. Agarwal, K.  Williams, K. L. Flack



Muscle utilization patterns vary by skill levels of the practitioners across specific yoga poses (asanas)

M. Ni, K. Mooney, A. Balachandran, L. Richards, K. Harriell, J. F. Signorile


Weight Management

The Physiological Responses to Bikram Yoga in Novice and Experienced Practitioners

J. L. Pate, M. J. Buono


Yoga Therapy

Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967 to 2013

P. E. Jeter, J. Slutsky, N. Singh, S. B. S. Khalsa


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