Welcome to the Yoga Research Center

Two billion people are practicing yoga around the world at this moment.
The Yoga Research Center participates in this practice one breath and one question at a time. 
Feel free to explore the research areas of interest to you. Explore and please respond to the Yoga Research Center's Surveys or submit you own research (for peer review and publication).  Together our collective knowledge of yoga will grow. We freely collect and share information about yoga

The Yoga Research Center invites and welcomes your involvement!  We are excited to offer Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits!  We are all yoga students and teachers interested in learning more about our current yoga culture.  Click here to read the 2016 research on yoga in America from Yoga Alliance.
Namaste...  



The Yoga Research Center is a place where:
  • yoga can be researched so we all learn more about the practice of yoga
  • people share their yoga experiences
  • your yoga experience and quality of life are improved

What are you doing June 21st for the 4th annual International Day of Yoga?

June 21st was declared International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.

If you think about it, this may be the only international holiday!  


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Suggested Research Articles:


Grey Matter and Functional Connectivity in Anterior Cingulate Cortex is Associated With the State of Mental Silence During Sahaja Yoga Meditation.

SE Hernández, A Barros-Loscertales, Y Xiao… - Neuroscience, 2017
Abstract Some meditation techniques teach the practitioner to achieve the state of mental 
silence. The aim of this study was to investigate brain regions that are associated in their 
volume and functional connectivity with the depth of mental silence in long-term practitioners 
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[PDF] The effect of yoga and physical exercise on body fat variables of rural and urban secondary school students of Vijayapur districts in Karnataka

PM Rajkumar, SS Patil - 2017
Abstract The purpose of the study was intended to assess the Effect of Yogic and Physical 
Exercises and Rural and Urban on Fat content of Secondary students for this purpose 
hundred fifty students studying in various classes of Government high school Nagathan and 
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[PDF] Yoga classes may be an alternative to physiotherapy for people with chronic nonspecific low back pain [commentary]

R Munk - Journal of Physiotherapy, 2017
Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. 1 No treatment can cure 
persistent low back pain, but interventions that can reduce pain and disability are available. 
2 In general, nonphamacological treatments are emphasised over pharmacological 
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How prenatal yoga can help keep expectant mothers relaxed and reduce stress

G Earls - Australian Midwifery News, 2017
Stress can affect women from all demographics, and stress exposure during pregnancy is 
related to higher preterm delivery and lower birth weight (Wadhwa et al., 2001). As the 
effects of stress on expectant mothers is being better understood, so is our knowledge of 
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[PDF] Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga 8. Human Life

NG Rao
The term" Niyama'literally represents' binding rules' or'observances' or'discipline". It can be 
observed that the human existence is based on the awareness of some rules or discipline in 
the form of do's and don'ts as the value of such concepts has been recognized in entire 
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[PDF] The Effect of Yoga and Physical Exercises on Resting Pulse Rate Variable of Secondary School Students

RP Malipatil, SS Patil
Abstract: The purpose of the study was intended to assess the effect of yogic and physical 
exercises on resting Pulse rate for this purpose hundred fifty students studying in various 
classes of Government high school Nagathan and Sanganbasaveshawar residential school 
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[HTML] Yoga: Can It Be Integrated with Treatment of Neuropathic Pain

S Telles, N Sayal, C Nacht, A Chopra, K Patel, A Wnuk… - Integrative Medicine …, 2017
... Review. Open Access Gateway. Yoga: Can It Be Integrated with Treatment of Neuropathic
Pain. Telles S. d, e · Sayal N. b · Nacht C. a · Chopra A. a · Patel K. a · Wnuk A. a · Dalvi
P. c · Bhatia K. f · Miranpuri G. a · Anand A. b ... Management of Pain through Yoga. Insular
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[PDF] Effects Of Yoga On Cardiac Health Sleep Quality, Mental Health And Quality Of Life Of Elderly Individuals With Chronic Ailments: A Single Arm Pilot Study

A Hegde, K Metri, P Chwadhary, N Babu… - 2017
Abstract There is a high prevalence of chronic health problems in elderly persons which 
significantly affects their mental health, sleep quality and quality of life (QoL). Practice of 
yoga known to enhance physical and mental health. Present pilot study intended to evaluate 
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Hypoxia in CNS pathologies: Emerging role of miRNA-based neurotherapeutics and yoga based alternative therapies

G Minhas, D Mathur, B Ragavendrasamy, NK Sharma… - Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2017
Cellular respiration is a vital process for the existence of life. Any condition that results in 
deprivation of oxygen (also termed as hypoxia) may eventually lead to deleterious effects on 
the functioning of tissues. Brain being the highest consumer of oxygen is prone to increased 
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[PDF] The Efficacy of Yoga as a Form of Treatment for Depression

L Bridges, M Sharma - Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & …, 2017
The purpose of this article was to systematically review yoga interventions aimed at 
improving depressive symptoms. A total of 23 interventions published between 2011 and 
May 2016 were evaluated in this review. Three study designs were used: randomized 
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Biography of a Yogi: Paramahansa Yogananda and the Origins of Modern Yoga

AP Foxen - 2017
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[PDF] Effects of Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Practices on Stress and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

A Geldert - 2017
Abstract This study focused on yoga, and other mindfulness-based practices and how they
impact children and adolescents who are dealing with stress and anxiety. Three interviews 
were conducted with Yoga Calm certified instructors who work with children and 
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[PDF] Warrior Pose: Evaluation of Yoga Programming for Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

S Lillebo - 2017
Abstract The purpose of this research is to investigate the effectiveness and practicality of 
offering yoga classes for youth aged 18-24 years old experiencing homelessness. The class 
took place at an urban drop-in center for homeless youth located in a metropolitan city in the 
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[HTML] Longitudinal and Immediate Effect of Kundalini Yoga on Salivary Levels of Cortisol and Activity of Alpha-Amylase and Its Effect on Perceived Stress

JN García-Sesnich, MG Flores, MH Ríos, JG Aravena - International Journal of Yoga, 2017
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons 
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and 
build upon the work non-commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations 
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Effect of Yoga on QOL in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis

KM McCrane, PC Hsieh - Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 2017
Abstract Search Terms: yoga OR mind-body exercise AND quality of life OR QOL AND 
multiple sclerosis OR MS Years: 2004-2014 Databases: PubMed, MEDLINE (via 
EBSCOhost), Ovid, Web of Science Number of Articles Reviewed: 6 Summary of Research 
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Former Inmates Perceptions of the Prison Yoga Project

M Viorst - 2017
Abstract While mindfulness and yoga practices are increasingly prevalent as rehabilitative 
interventions for prisoners and vulnerable populations, there remains a dearth of studies 
conducted on the effects of these practices on incarcerated individuals. The research 
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Yoga poses increase subjective energy and state self-esteem in comparison to 'power poses'

A Golec de Zavala, D Lantos, D Bowden - Frontiers in Psychology, 2017
Research on beneficial consequences of yoga focuses on the effects of yogic breathing and 
meditation. Less is known about the psychological effects of performing yoga postures. The 
present study investigated the effects of yoga poses on subjective sense of energy and self-
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[PDF] I Shall Please—Placebo & Yoga Therapy

M Erb, M Sullivan
Placebo, in one sense, is about the creation of images of healing, and thus a 
physiological state of healing. Our innate desire to be well is one big and powerful animal. 
The oft-heard earlier statement implies,“Oh, that's just your imagination,” which in turn...
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[PDF] 'How Yoga Are You?': Exploring the Contemporary Practice of Yoga in the United States

OM McLaughlin - 2016
Abstract In 2015, to the United States, 21 million Americans claimed to be regular 
practitioners of yogaYoga has long been studied by psychologists, therapists, and medical 
scientists for its ability to affect positive change in people's lives, particularly in regards to 
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Got yoga?: A longitudinal analysis of thematic content and models' appearance-related attributes in advertisements spanning four decades of Yoga Journal

E Vinoski, JB Webb, J Warren-Findlow, KA Brewer… - Body Image, 2017
Abstract Yoga has become an increasingly common health practice among US adults over 
the past decade. With this growth in popularity, yoga-related print media have been criticized 
for shifting away from yoga's traditional philosophies and promoting a thin, lean ideal 
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[HTML] Breathe Easier with Yoga Tune Up

K McAnlis, K Starrett
What do Louis Jackson, Kevyn McAnlis, Kelly Starrett* and twenty five million Americans all 
have in common? None of us can breathe…. well maybe that's being a little extreme, but we 
do have asthma. As mentioned in my previous blog, asthmatics suffer from chronically 
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[PDF] Yoga in Prevention and Therapy

H Cramer, CL Park, A Steel, BN Gangadhar…
Yoga is rooted in Indian philosophy and has been a part of traditional Indian spiritual 
practice for millennia [1]. In recent times, the role of yoga has broadened. Yoga has now also 
become a popular route to physical and mental well-being, and has been adapted for use in 
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[PDF] Developing a Small Theory of Treatment of Yoga

AR Patwardhan
Abstract With a recent trend to medicalize yoga, it is important to ensure that its application
for health is evidence based and that efficacy or effectiveness of yoga is evaluated 
rigorously. The method of 'theory based evaluation'regarding health interventions has been
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Tom Simpkins - Yoga Teacher in Santa Cruz