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Wellness and Disease Prevention

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

Medical Yoga Therapy.
Stephens I.
Children (Basel). 2017 Feb 10;4(2). pii: E12.
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The Roles of Exercise and Yoga in Ameliorating Depression as a Risk Factor for Cognitive Decline.
Mathersul DC, Rosenbaum S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:4612953.
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The Effects of Bikram Yoga on Health: Critical Review and Clinical Trial Recommendations.
Hewett ZL, Cheema BS, Pumpa KL, Smith CA.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:428427.
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Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967 to 2013.
Jeter PE, Slutsky J, Singh N, Khalsa SB.
J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Oct;21(10):586-92.
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Limited Health Knowledge as a Reason for Non-Use of Four Common Complementary Health Practices.
Burke A, Nahin RL, Stussman BJ.
PLoS One. 2015 Jun 17;10(6):e0129336.
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Meditative Movement Therapies and Health-Related Quality-of-Life in Adults: A Systematic Review of Meta-Analyses.
Kelley GA, Kelley KS.
PLoS One. 2015 Jun 8;10(6):e0129181.
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Who practices yoga? A systematic review of demographic, health-related, and psychosocial factors associated with yoga practice.
Park CL, Braun T, Siegel T.
J Behav Med. 2015 Jun;38(3):460-71.
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The effectiveness of yoga in modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Chu P, Gotink RA, Yeh GY, Goldie SJ, Hunink MG.
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2016 Feb;23(3):291-307.
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Yoga for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Hartley L, Dyakova M, Holmes J, Clarke A, Lee MS, Ernst E, Rees K.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 May 13;(5):CD010072.
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Effects of yoga on cardiovascular disease risk factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Haller H, Steckhan N, Michalsen A, Dobos G.
Int J Cardiol. 2014 May 1;173(2):170-83.
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Yoga - an ancient solution to a modern epidemic. Ready for prime time?
Bali HK.
Indian Heart J. 2013 Mar-Apr;65(2):132-6.
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Yoga and qigong in the psychological prevention of mental health disorders: a conceptual synthesis.
Posadzki P, Parekh S, Glass N.
Chin J Integr Med. 2010 Feb;16(1):80-6.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Five-week yin yoga-based interventions decreased plasma adrenomedullin and increased psychological health in stressed adults: A randomized controlled trial.
Daukantaitė D, Tellhed U, Maddux RE, Svensson T, Melander O.
PLoS One. 2018 Jul 18;13(7):e0200518.
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Yoga's potential for promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among young adults: a mixed-methods study.
Watts AW, Rydell SA, Eisenberg ME, Laska MN, Neumark-Sztainer D.
Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 May 2;15(1):42.
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Is the practice of yoga or meditation associated with a healthy lifestyle? Results of a national cross-sectional survey of 28,695 Australian women.
Cramer H, Sibbritt D, Park CL, Adams J, Lauche R.
J Psychosom Res. 2017 Oct;101:104-109.
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Effects of 8-Week Hatha Yoga Training on Metabolic and Inflammatory Markers in Healthy, Female Chinese Subjects: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Chen N, Xia X, Qin L, Luo L, Han S, Wang G, Zhang R, Wan Z.
Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:5387258.
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National survey of yoga practitioners: mental and physical health benefits.
Ross A, Friedmann E, Bevans M, Thomas S.
Complement Ther Med. 2013 Aug;21(4):313-23.
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Effects of yoga on mental and physical health: a short summary of reviews.
Büssing A, Michalsen A, Khalsa SB, Telles S, Sherman KJ.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:165410.
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Frequency of yoga practice predicts health: results of a national survey of yoga practitioners.
Ross A, Friedmann E, Bevans M, Thomas S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:983258.
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The effects of yoga on psychosocial variables and exercise adherence: a randomized, controlled pilot study.
Bryan S, Pinto Zipp G, Parasher R.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):50-9.
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Yoga practice is associated with attenuated weight gain in healthy, middle-aged men and women.
Kristal AR, Littman AJ, Benitez D, White E.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2005 Jul-Aug;11(4):28-33.
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Changes in cardiovascular risk factors and hormones during a comprehensive residential three month kriya yoga training and vegetarian nutrition.
Schmidt T, Wijga A, Von Zur Mühlen A, Brabant G, Wagner TO.
Acta Physiol Scand Suppl. 1997;640:158-62.
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Characteristics of yoga users: results of a national survey.
Birdee GS, Legedza AT, Saper RB, Bertisch SM, Eisenberg DM, Phillips RS.
J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Oct;23(10):1653-8.
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