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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

Harnessing the Four Elements for Mental Health.
Sarris J, de Manincor M, Hargraves F, Tsonis J.
Front Psychiatry. 2019 Apr 24;10:256.
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Disordered eating behaviours and correlates in yoga practitioners: a systematic review.
Domingues RB, Carmo C.
Eat Weight Disord. 2019 Apr 23.
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The effects of yoga compared to active and inactive controls on physical function and health related quality of life in older adults- systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.
Sivaramakrishnan D, Fitzsimons C, Kelly P, Ludwig K, Mutrie N, Saunders DH, Baker G.
Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019 Apr 5;16(1):33.
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Yoga as an Integrative Approach for Prevention and Treatment of Oral Cancer.
Anand A, Goyal AK, Bakshi J, Sharma K, Vir D, Didi A.
Int J Yoga. 2018 Sep-Dec;11(3):177-185.
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Yoga-based exercise improves health-related quality of life and mental well-being in older people: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
Tulloch A, Bombell H, Dean C, Tiedemann A.
Age Ageing. 2018 Jul 1;47(4):537-544.
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Mind-Body Approaches to Prevention and Intervention for Alcohol and Other Drug Use/Abuse in Young Adults.
Park CL, Russell BS, Fendrich M.
Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 27;5(3).
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The Effects of Thai Yoga on Physical Fitness: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Control Trials.
Kongkaew C, Lertsinthai P, Jampachaisri K, Mongkhon P, Meesomperm P, Kornkaew K, Malaiwong P.
J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Jun;24(6):541-551
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Modern postural yoga as a mental health promoting tool: A systematic review.
Domingues RB.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:248-255.
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Mind-Body Therapies for Late-Life Mental and Cognitive Health.
Laird KT, Paholpak P, Roman M, Rahi B, Lavretsky H.
Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Jan 25;20(1):2.
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A narrative review on role of Yoga as an adjuvant in the management of risk factor, disease progression and the complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Mooventhan A.
Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2017 Nov;11 Suppl 1:S343-S346.
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The Effects of Yoga on Positive Mental Health Among Healthy Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Hendriks T, de Jong J, Cramer H.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jul;23(7):505-517.
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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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The Safety of Yoga: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
Cramer H, Ward L, Saper R, Fishbein D, Dobos G, Lauche R.
Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Aug 15;182(4):281-93.
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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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A systematic review and meta-analysis of yoga for hypertension.
Cramer H, Haller H, Lauche R, Steckhan N, Michalsen A, Dobos G.
Am J Hypertens. 2014 Sep;27(9):1146-51.
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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

Performing different kinds of physical exercise differentially attenuates the genetic effects on obesity measures: Evidence from 18,424 Taiwan Biobank participants.
Lin WY, Chan CC, Liu YL, Yang AC, Tsai SJ, Kuo PH.
PLoS Genet. 2019 Aug 1;15(8):e1008277.
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Greater Anteroposterior Default Mode Network Functional Connectivity in Long-Term Elderly Yoga Practitioners.
Santaella DF, Balardin JB, Afonso RF, Giorjiani GM, Sato JR, Lacerda SS, Amaro E Jr, Lazar S, Kozasa EH.
Front Aging Neurosci. 2019 Jul 2;11:158.
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Understanding the physical activity needs and interests of inactive and active rural women: a cross-sectional study of barriers, opportunities, and intervention preferences.
Cadmus-Bertram LA, Gorzelitz JS, Dorn DC, Malecki KMC.
J Behav Med. 2019 Jun 13.
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Demographic, health behavior, and cardiometabolic risk factor profile in yoga and non-yoga participants: NHANES 1999-2006.
Forseth B, Boyer W, Miller A, Fitzhugh EC.
Complement Ther Med. 2019 Jun;44:123-128.
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Quasi Prospective Comparative Study on Effect of Yoga among Prediabetics on Progression of Cardiovascular Risk Factors.
Kacker S, Saboo N, Sharma S, Sorout J.
Int J Yoga. 2019 May-Aug;12(2):114-119.
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Mental Wellbeing, Quality of Life, and Perception of Chronic Illness in Yoga-Experienced Compared with Yoga-Naïve Patients.
Telles S, Gupta RK, Kumar A, Pal DK, Tyagi D, Balkrishna A.
Med Sci Monit Basic Res. 2019 May 20;25:153-163.
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Effects of yoga on well-being and healthy ageing: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (FitForAge).
Östh J, Diwan V, Jirwe M, Diwan V, Choudhary A, Mahadik VK, Pascoe M, Hallgren M.
BMJ Open. 2019 May 29;9(5):e027386.
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Development of a Yoga-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation (Yoga-CaRe) Programme for Secondary Prevention of Myocardial Infarction.
Chattopadhyay K, Chandrasekaran AM, Praveen PA, Manchanda SC, Madan K, Ajay VS, Singh K, Tillin T, Hughes AD, Chaturvedi N, Ebrahim S, Pocock S, Reddy KS, Tandon N, Prabhakaran D, Kinra S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 May 2;2019:7470184.
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Quality of Life in Yoga Experienced and Yoga Naïve Asian Indian Adults with Obesity.
Telles S, Sharma SK, Singh A, Kala N, Upadhyay V, Arya J, Balkrishna A.
J Obes. 2019 Apr 30;2019:9895074.
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A Comparison of Blood Viscosity and Hematocrit Levels between Yoga Practitioners and Sedentary Adults.
Shadiow J, Tarumi T, Dhindsa M, Hunter SD.
Int J Exerc Sci. 2019 Mar 1;12(2):425-432.
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Yoga in primary health care: A quasi-experimental study to access the effects on quality of life and psychological distress.
Ponte SB, Lino C, Tavares B, Amaral B, Bettencourt AL, Nunes T, Silva C, Mota-Vieira L.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Feb;34:1-7.
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Associations of yoga practice, health status, and health behavior among yoga practitioners in Germany-Results of a national cross-sectional survey.
Cramer H, Quinker D, Pilkington K, Mason H, Adams J, Dobos G.
Complement Ther Med. 2019 Feb;42:19-26.
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Randomized Controlled Trial of A 12-Week Yoga-Based (Including Diet) Lifestyle vs. Dietary Intervention on Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors and Continuous Risk Score in Indian Adults with Metabolic Syndrome.
Yadav R, Yadav RK, Khadgawat R, Pandey RM, Upadhyay AD, Mehta N.
Behav Med. 2019 Jan 7:1-12.
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"Yoga resets my inner peace barometer": A qualitative study illuminating the pathways of how yoga impacts one's relationship to oneself and to others.
Kishida M, Mama SK, Larkey LK, Elavsky S.
Complement Ther Med. 2018 Oct;40:215-221.
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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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