The latest research, or validated information about the value of yoga or other forms of mind, body and breath awareness.

Research and evidence

Research and evidence for the benefit of yoga
TItleMethodologyFindingsLink to full study Considerations for practice
Effects of Yoga on Stress Among Healthy Adults:
A Systematic Review
A systematic literature reviewThis review revealed that most types
of yoga have positive effects on stress reduction in healthy
populations. can be considered as a tool for stress reduction.
Yoga Effects on Brain Health: A Systematic Review of the Current LiteratureA systematic reviewCollectively, the studies demonstrate a positive effect of yoga practice on the structure and/or function of the hippocampus, amygdala, prefrontal cortex, cingulate cortex and brain networks including the default mode network (DMN). studies offer promising early evidence that behavioral interventions like yoga may hold promise to mitigate age-related and neurodegenerative declines as many of the regions identified are known to demonstrate significant age-related atrophy.
Yoga aids chronic back pain sufferersRCT (Randomised Control Trial) - the gold standard !The study, led by the University of York and funded by Arthritis Research UK, found that people offered a specially-designed 12-week yoga programme experienced greater improvements in back function and more confidence in performing everyday tasks than those offered conventional forms of GP care. can provide both short and long-term benefits to those suffering from chronic or recurrent back pain, without any serious side-effects