Yoga Research > Disease and Disorders > Child and Adolescent Conditions

Child and Adolescent Conditions physical disorders, mental/cognitive conditions, emotional disorders, etc.

Child and Adolescent Health

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

Effectiveness of Universal Self-regulation-Based Interventions in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Pandey A, Hale D, Das S, Goddings AL, Blakemore SJ, Viner RM.
JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Jun 1;172(6):566-575.
[ full text ]

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).
[ full text ]

Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health Model to Gain Perspective of the Benefits of Yoga in Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and Children to Inform Practice for Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Meta-Analysis.
Veneri D, Gannotti M, Bertucco M, Fournier Hillman SE.
J Altern Complement Med. 2018 May;24(5):439-457.
[ abstract ]

The benefits of yoga in children.
Nanthakumar C.
J Integr Med. 2018 Jan;16(1):14-19.
[ abstract ]

A Mind-Body Approach to Pediatric Pain Management.
Brown ML, Rojas E, Gouda S.
Children (Basel). 2017 Jun 20;4(6).
[ full text ]

Systematic review of meditation-based interventions for children with ADHD.
Evans S, Ling M, Hill B, Rinehart N, Austin D, Sciberras E.
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 Jan;27(1):9-27.
[ abstract ]

Mind-Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Herbert A, Esparham A.
Children (Basel). 2017 Apr 25;4(5).
[ full text ]

Mind-Body Interventions for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Yeh AM, Wren A, Golianu B.
Children (Basel). 2017 Apr 3;4(4).
[ full text ]

Sleep Disorder, Gastrointestinal Problems and Behaviour Problems Seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder Children and Yoga as Therapy: A Descriptive Review.
Narasingharao K, Pradhan B, Navaneetham J.
J Clin Diagn Res. 2016 Nov;10(11):VE01-VE03.
[ full text ]

Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth.
Pediatrics. 2016 Sep;138(3). pii: e20161896.
[ full text ]

Systematic Review of Yoga Interventions for Anxiety Reduction Among Children and Adolescents.
Weaver LL, Darragh AR.
Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Nov-Dec;69(6):6906180070p1-9.
[ abstract ]

Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Yoga.
Rosen L, French A, Sullivan G; RYT-200.
Pediatr Rev. 2015 Oct;36(10):468-74.
[ abstract ]

Use of movement therapies and relaxation techniques and management of health conditions among children.
Ndetan H, Evans MW Jr, Williams RD, Woolsey C, Swartz JH.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;20(4):44-50.
[ full text ]

Mindfulness and Adolescence: A Clinical Review of Recent Mindfulness-Based Studies in Clinical and Nonclinical Adolescent Populations.
Vo DX, Doyle J, Christie D.
Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2014 Aug;25(2):455-72.
[ abstract ]

Meditation and mindfulness in clinical practice.
Simkin DR, Black NB.
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Jul;23(3):487-534.
[ abstract ]

Yoga for Children and Young People's Mental Health and Well-Being: Research Review and Reflections on the Mental Health Potentials of Yoga.
Hagen I, Nayar US.
Front Psychiatry. 2014 Apr 2;5:35. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00035.
[ full text ]

Keeping the balance--an overview of mind-body therapies in pediatric oncology.
Kanitz JL, Camus ME, Seifert G.
Complement Ther Med. 2013 Apr;21 Suppl 1:S20-5.
[ abstract ]

Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Mind-Body Practices and the Adolescent Brain: Clinical Neuroimaging Studies.
Sharma A, Newberg AB.
Adolesc Psychiatry (Hilversum). 2015;5(2):116-124.
[ full text ]

Activities and Programs That Improve Children's Executive Functions.
Diamond A.
Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2012 Oct;21(5):335-341.
[ full text ]

Interventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4 to 12 years old.
Diamond A, Lee K.
Science. 2011 Aug 19;333(6045):959-64.
[ full text ]

Yoga as a complementary therapy for children and adolescents: a guide for clinicians.
Kaley-Isley LC, Peterson J, Fischer C, Peterson E.
Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2010 Aug;7(8):20-32.
[ full text ]

For questions related to yoga research, email us at

Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(6). Yoga Alliance Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). This website refers to the two organizations as "Yoga Alliance." Copyright 2019 Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance, the Yoga Alliance logo, RYS, RYT, and YACEP are registered marks with the USPTO and other jurisdictions.
Copyright 2019 by Yoga Alliance