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Yoga Research

A vast and growing library of research shows how yoga offers a multitude of mental and physical benefits. In the modern era, advances in technology and accessibility of information allow researchers to test and prove how the benefits of yoga that have been discussed for generations. Here we have compiled research on a variety of topics so you can learn about the ways yoga can help the body and mind.

Yoga Alliance recommends that individuals with health concerns consult a qualified health care practitioner to discuss whether yoga is right for them, yet we are aware that yoga can be used in the medical treatment context by appropriately qualified and licensed healthcare practitioners. Yoga Alliance credentials do not serve as qualifications for the diagnosis or treatment of health conditions.

Yoga Alliance supports the continued research on yoga’s benefits, and we will continue to update the page regularly with recent research findings on the health topics on this page.
Basic Research

Basic Research

Psychophysiology neurophysiology, endocrine, neuroimaging, gene expression, immune, inflammatory

Physical Health and Performance neuromuscular, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, respiratory/pranayama, balance, sleep, sports

Cognitive and Emotional Functioning cognitive performance, awareness/mindfulness, emotion and stress regulation, metacognition, etc.

Wellness and Disease Prevention disease risk factors, long-term practitioner health, etc.

Transcendence / Spirituality flow, values, life meaning and satisfaction, etc.

Yoga in Society prevalence of practice, demographics, reasons for practice, barriers to practice, practice frequency, styles of yoga, adverse events, public perception

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Special Populations

Elderly and Aging balance, falls, mobility, cognition, memory, sleep, dementia, etc.

Reproductive Health menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, prostate, fertility, etc.

Students and Education preschoolers, elementary and secondary schools, college undergraduates, healthcare trainees, etc.

Institutional / Workplace Populations corporate workers, teachers, healthcare workers, dentists, law enforcement personnel, first responders, prisons, detention centers, military, veterans, etc.

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Disease and Disorders

Musculoskeletal Health back pain, neck pain, etc.

Cancer cancer patients, cancer survivors, breast and prostate cancers, etc.

Pain and Inflammation

Weight Management BMI, obesity, eating disorders, etc.

Cardiovascular Health heart disease, hypertension, stroke, etc.

Diabetes and Endocrine Health

Mental Health, Depression and Anxiety

Other Mental Health Conditions addictions, trauma, neurosis/psychosis, ADD/ADHD, autism, sleep disorders, etc.

Child and Adolescent Health pediatrics, mental and physical disorders, etc.

Respiratory Health asthma, COPD, etc.

Neurological Conditions epilepsy, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, headache, etc.

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