yoga research
Yoga keeps the brain young and healthy

Committed practice of yoga appears to benefit the brain and stave off the cognitive decline that often accompanises ageing

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The vital importance of skilled yoga teachers

Research published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies emphasises why it is so important to learn yoga from fully trained and experienced teachers

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Prenatal yoga helps depression

This study found that yoga significantly reduced depression in pregnant women

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Yoga benefits high blood pressure

A review of seven studies into the effect of yoga on high blood pressure has been published in the May 2014 edition of the American Journal of Hypertension.

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Overview of yoga reserach

Here's a great overview of existing reserach into the effects of yoga on the body and mind: http://www.omicsonline.org/how-might-yoga-work-an-overview-of-potential-underlying-mechanisms-2157-7595.1000130.php?aid=12042

 
Yoga helps breast cancer survivors

A 6-year study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has demonstrated how beneficial yoga can be for breast cancer survivors.

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Yoga benefits COPD

Just 12 weeks of a yoga programme that incorporated postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), cleansing techniques, (kriyas), meditation, and a relaxation technique (shavasan), has been found to improve lung function, shortness of breath and inflammation in people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Yoga for fibromyalgia

Oregon Health and Science University has demonstrated that yoga practice can achieve significant improvements in fibromyalgia.

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Yoga helps chronic back pain

Another study has confirmed the benefits of yoga for lower back pain.

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Yoga more effective than aeroboc exercise to enhance mental faculties

A study that compared the effects of a 20-minute yoga session (seated, standing and lying poses with regulated breathing) and a 20 minute aeroboc extercise session (walking or jogging on a treadmill) on cognitve function, found the yoga session to be significantly more effective.

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Yoga and schizophrenia

A study conducted in New York has found that both hatha yoga (3 x 1 hour per week for 12 weeks) and modified yoga ('concentraing more on qigong movements) is able to improve cognitive function in people suffering from schizophrenia, as well as producing positive changes in the brain.

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Iyengar yoga has many benefits for cardiovascular disease

A US study has looked into the benefits of Iyengar yoga for people at risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Yoga Helps Atrial Fibrillation

Researchers at the University of Kansas Hospital have fund that as liitle as two one-hour yoga sessions a week can significantly reduce the number of episodes of atrial fibrillation (rapid, chaotic heart beat).

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Iyengar yoga helpful for chronic neck pain

A study reported in Pain journal has found that among patients with chronic neck pain, those who practised Iyengar yoga (9 weekly classes of 90 minutes each) experienced significantly less pain, pain-related apprehension and disability compared to a control group of patients who took other forms of self-care/exercise

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Yoga benefits sleep

A Harvard Medical School study has found that yoga offers positive substantial benefits for people with chronic insomnia.

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Yoga helps children with autism

A study conducted in New York assigned schoolchildren with autism to either a 16-week yoga programme (yoga breathing, movement and relaxation) or control (standard morning routine).

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Yoga shows promise for post-traumatic stress disorder

 In ongoing research to identify the most effective help for post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in US military personnel, a study published in the May/June issue of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy compared 'sensory-enhanced' hatha yoga with no treatment in 70 military personnel who had been deployed in Iraq.

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Yoga/massage reduce prenatal depression and prematurity

Eighty-four women suffering from prenatal depression were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups.

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Yoga reduces stress in school students

A study carried out in a Massachussets high school randomly divided 11th and 12th grade students into a yoga or regular physical education (PE) class for the duration of a school term

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Yoga cost-effective for lower back pain

An article published in Spine journal has found that 12 weekly yoga classes for people with chronic or recurrent lower back pain (plus usual care) would be a cost-effective strategy for the National Health Service

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Yoga for pain

A sytematic review of ten randomised controlled yoga trials found that yoga led to significantly greater reduction in pain of any kind compared to standard care, self care, therapeutic exercises, relaxing yoga, touch and manipulation, or no intervention.

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Yoga and Type 2 Diabetes

A review of 11 studies into the effect of yoga on levels of fasting blood glucose among a mixture of diabetic patients, healthy volunteers and those at risk of diabetes, has found that 9 of the studies showed a significant decrease, indicating that yoga may be promising in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. (Role of Yoga in Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, University of Cincinnati, Health and Education Program and Public Health Sciences).

 
Yoga and stretching better for low back pain

Yoga is a more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than conventional GP care, according to the UK’s largest ever study into its benefits.

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Yoga helps women with fibromyalgia

A Canadian team has found that an eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia (FM).

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Yoga boosts anti-anxiety brain chemical

A 12-week yoga intervention results in greater improvements in mood and anxiety than equivalent walking exercise, according to a study from the USA.

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Yoga’s health benefits rival exercise

A review of studies comparing the effects of yoga and exercise indicates that yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcomes.

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Yoga helps with eating disorders

Yoga can reduce eating disorder symptoms in adolescents, according to a study from the USA.

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Yoga improves cancer survivors’ sleep

A brief yoga intervention significantly improves sleep quality for cancer survivors.

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Yoga reduces anxiety

Participation in yoga classes can lead to significant reduction in anxiety in women who suffer from anxiety disorders.

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Yogis have healthier hearts

Heart rate variability, which is indicative of a healthy heart, has been shown to be higher in yoga practitioners than in non-practitioners, according to Indian research.

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Yoga experts show less inflammation and stress

Expert yoga practitioners exhibit lower levels of inflammatory markers compared with novices, possibly due to differences in their responses to stress.

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Yoga good for menopause

The effect of yoga on menopausal symptoms, has been examined by Indian researchers.

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Yoga improves menopausal minds

A study carried out in India has assessed the efficacy of yoga therapy on cognitive abilities in climacteric syndrome.

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Yoga for chronic low back pain

Indian researchers have compared the effect of a short-term intensive residential yoga program with physical exercise (control) on pain and spinal flexibility in subjects with chronic low-back pain (CLBP).

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Yoga beneficial for heart failure

An eight-week regimen of yoga, in addition to standard medical therapy, can improve exercise tolerance and positively affect levels of inflammatory markers in patients with chronic heart failure.

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