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Video Spotlight: Schools

Watch this video to learn more about the research conducted on yoga in schools.

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These citations were curated by Yoga Alliance's Director of Yoga Research, Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa.

Review Papers

Review Papers (What's this?)

Mind & body practices in the treatment of adolescent anxiety.
Fulweiler B, John RM.
Nurse Pract. 2018 43(8):36-43.
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Psychophysiological effects of yoga on stress in college students.
Tripathi MN, Kumari S, Ganpat TS.
J Educ Health Promot. 2018 Mar 1;7:43.
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Assessing Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) for School-Based Mindfulness and Yoga Interventions: A Systematic Review.
Gould LF, Dariotis JK, Greenberg MT, Mendelson T.
Mindfulness (N Y). 2016 Feb;7(1):5-33.
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Yoga in school settings: a research review.
Khalsa SB, Butzer B.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Jun;1373(1):45-55.
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Implementing yoga within the school curriculum: a scientific rationale for improving social-emotional learning and positive student outcomes.
Butzer B, Bury D, Telles S, Khalsa SBS.
J Child Serv. 2016 Mar; 11(1):3-24.
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School-based Yoga Programs in the United States: A Survey.
Butzer B, Ebert M, Telles S, Khalsa SB.
Adv Mind Body Med. 2015 Fall;29(4):18-26.
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Are There Benefits from Teaching Yoga at Schools? A Systematic Review of Randomized Control Trials of Yoga-Based Interventions.
Ferreira-Vorkapic C, Feitoza JM, Marchioro M, Simões J, Kozasa E, Telles S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:345835.
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Yoga in the Schools: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
Serwacki ML, Cook-Cottone C.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2012;(22):101-9.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications (What's this?)

Yoga versus physical exercise for cardio-respiratory fitness in adolescent school children: a randomized controlled trial.
Satish V, Rao RM, Manjunath NK, Amritanshu R, Vivek U, Shreeganesh HR, Deepashree S.
Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2018 Jan 25. (preprint)
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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Versus Yoga: Effects on Depression and/or Anxiety in College Students.
Falsafi N.
J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2016 Nov;22(6):483-497.Yoga in the schools: a systematic review of the literature.
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Yoga in the Schools: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
Serwacki ML, Cook-Cottone C.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2012;(22):101-9.
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Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a school-based mindfulness intervention for urban youth.
Mendelson T, Greenberg MT, Dariotis JK, Gould LF, Rhoades BL, Leaf PJ.
J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2010 Oct;38(7):985-94.
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