the research room

Sometimes you may hear your yoga teacher highlight particular benefits for a posture in your yoga class. This page aims to share evidence based yoga research – that is, where systematic processes have been conducted  to establish facts and reach new conclusions about yoga practices.

The first paper in the series is a review of lots of literature. These reviews allow us to gain an insight into what research is being conducted and how findings may compliment or contrast.

Paper 1: Field, T (2011). Yoga clinical research review.  Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 17 (1) (2011), pp. 1–8.

KEY WORDS: Origins of Yoga, Psychological Effects, Physiological Effects, Mindfulness and job stress, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep, Pain syndromes , Cardiovascular conditions, Immune conditions.

ABSTRACT: In this paper research is reviewed on the effects of yoga poses on psychological conditions including anxiety and depression, on pain syndromes, cardiovascular, autoimmune and immune conditions and on pregnancy. Further, the physiological effects of yoga including decreased heartrate and blood pressure and the physical effects including weight loss and increased muscle strength are reviewed. Finally, potential underlying mechanisms are proposed including the stimulation of pressure receptors leading to enhanced vagal activity and reduced cortisol. The reduction in cortisol, in turn, may contribute to positive effects such as enhanced immune function and a lower prematurity rate.

read the full article: Yoga clinical research review

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