Yoga Therapy Research

V. Research
A. Articles
1. Yoga Therapy Research: West Meets East
2. Yoga Therapy Research: Why Do We Need It?

B. Literature Reviews/Studies  by Condition

1. Addiction
a. IAYT pdf
b. Lohman R. “Yoga techniques applicable within drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes.” Therapeutic Communities. 20(1): 61-71, 1999.
This article describes specific Yoga techniques used for detoxification and rehabilitation including breath control, relaxation and meditation, postures, diet and chanting. Research results strongly suggest that Yoga is a positive motivator for rehabilitation and an aid to detoxification. Yoga used in conjunction with counseling and group work appears to support and further the healing process.

c. A 2008 study in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse reports that a 90-day Yoga program resulted in a reduction in addictive behavior, depression and anxiety among other factors of reduction. Read more:

d. Addiction Research (pdf)

2. Anxiety Disorders
a. Yoga Research in Anxiety Disorders (article)
b. Yoga for anxiety: a systematic review of the research evidence  (pdf)
(British Journal of Sports Medicine)
c. Using Integrative Yoga Therapeutics in the Treatment of Comorbid Anxiety and Depression (pdf)
d. A Randomised Comparative Trial Of Yoga And Relaxation To Reduce Stress And Anxiety (article: AnxietyStudy.doc)
e. Can Yoga Tame OCD (pdf)

3. Arthritis
a. IAYT (pdf)
b. Osteoarthritis of Spine (pdf)

4. Asthma
a. IAYT (pdf)

5. Back Pain
a. Comparing Yoga, Exercise, and a Self-Care Book for Chronic Low
Back Pain Annals of Internal Medicine research study (pdf)

6. Bipolar
a. Bipolar and Yoga Research (article)

7. Cancer
a. IAYT (pdf)
b. Breast Cancer & Mood (pdf)

8. Depression
a. IAYT (pdf)
b. Using Integrative Yoga Therapeutics in the Treatment of Comorbid Anxiety and Depression (pdf)

9. Diabetes
a. IAYT (pdf)

10. Eating Disorders
a. A series of studies selected by Beverly Price, Yoga and eating disorder specialist (
(1) The Relationship Of Yoga, Body Awareness, And Body Responsiveness To Self-Objectification And Disordered Eating (pdf)
(2) Primary Prevention of Eating Disorders: A Constructivist Integration of Mind and Body Strategies (pdf)
(3) Innovative Interventions for Disordered Eating: Evaluating Dissonance-Based and Yoga Interventions (pdf)
b. University of the Rockies study on binge eaters who participated in a 10-weekYoga therapy program.

11. Heart Disease
a. IAYT (pdf)

a. IAYT (pdf)

13. Multiple Sclerosis
a. MS Case Study: Chaya-Sharon Heller (pdf)
b. Research study: Ananda Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis
c. Yoga & MS: Structural Yoga Research paper (pdf)

14. Osteoporosis

15. Pain Management
a. IAYT (pdf)

16. Parkinson’s Disease
a. Yoga therapeutics in Neurologic Physical Therapy: Application to a patient with Parkinson’s disease – Neurology Report, Jun 2001 by Matthew Taylor

17. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
a. Clinical Implications Of Neuroscience Research in PTSD by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. (pdf)

18. Psychophysiological Effects of Yoga
a. IAYT (pdf)

19. Schizophrenia
(First 2 Studies combined )(SchizophreniaResearch.doc)
a. Yoga Therapy As An Add-On Treatment In The Management Of Patients With Schizophrenia – A Randomized Controlled Trial

b. Healing Mind and Body: Using Therapeutic Yoga in the Treatment of Schizophrenia

c. A Comparison Between The Symptoms Of Schizophrenia And Experiences Of Spiritual

20. Seasonal Affective Disorder
a. Yoga for Seasonal Affective Disorder: Report from a 10-Week Course (article)
b.  Seasonal affective disorder and the Yoga paradigm: a reconsideration of the role of the pineal gland. By E. Leskowitz , Department of Psychiatry, VA Outpatient Clinic, Boston, MA 02108.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a psychiatric disorder whose pathophysiology and clinical presentation are poorly understood. By applying the ancient paradigm of Yoga psychology to this subject, new understandings of the syndrome emerge regarding the possible role of the pineal gland, the clinical presentation of the syndrome, and the possible mechanism of action of phototherapy. The energy depletion model presented here ties together such diverse elements as: dose-response aspects of phototherapy, anergia as a primary symptom of SAD, ‘spring fever’, myofascial pain disorder, the anti-gonadotrophic effect of melatonin, and pineal supersensitivity in bipolar patients. Clinical predictions are made, and simple research protocols are suggested which can directly test the hypotheses generated by this paradigm.

21. Self-Esteem
“Mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction: experience with a bilingual inner-city program,” by B. Roth and T. Creaser (Stress Reduction Program, Community Health Center, Meriden, Conn.), in Nurse Practitioner, March 22, 1997.
This article describes a bilingual mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program in an inner-city setting. Mindfulness meditation is defined, and the practices of breathing meditation, eating meditation, walking meditation, and mindful Yoga are described. Data analysis examined compliance, medical and psychologic symptom reduction, and changes in self-esteem, of English- and Spanish-speaking patients who completed the 8-week Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program at the Community Health Center in Meriden, Conn. Statistically significant decreases in medical and psychological symptoms and improvement in self-esteem were found. Many program completers reported dramatic changes in attitudes, beliefs, habits, and behaviors. Despite the limitations of the research design, these findings suggest that a mindfulness meditation course can be an effective health care intervention when utilized by English- and Spanish-speaking patients in an inner-city community health center. The article includes a discussion of factors to be considered when establishing a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program in a health care setting.”

22. Weight Maintenance/Loss
a. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study on Mindful Eating

23. Lists of Misc. Yoga Therapy Research
a. NCPAD (National Center on Physical Activity and Disability) (NCPAD.doc)

24. Lists of Misc. Yoga Therapy Research

25. Health And Yoga Research Papers PHOTO: Health&YogaResearch.jpg

26. Research on Yoga 2007-2008 (ResearchonYoga.doc)

C. Organizations Conducting Research PHOTO: IAYTResearch.jpg

1. International Association of Yoga Therapists
Publishes annual research journal, providing a great amount of research and resource materials on their website.

2. Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute
KYI has been conducting Yoga research since the 1920s. They publish a newsletter and maintain an archive. See sample (KYI.PDF)

3. Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation
The Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Research Foundation) or VYASA has been set up to examine the efficacy of Yoga practices and to develop Yoga courses to solve the basic problems of the high-tech era.

4. Yoga Research and Education Foundation
The primary objective of this nonprofit organization is to conduct and promote research in any and all aspects of Yoga.

5. Yoga Research Society
Founded by Dr. V. Pratap, YRS hosts an annual conference, medical Yoga symposia and explores research.

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