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For Evidence-Based Nerds: Remarkable Studies on Yoga

Yoga has been the subject of numerous scientific studies over the years, exploring its effects on mental and physical health. While there are countless studies on yoga, here are some of the most significant and their notable results:

  • Study: Sherman, K. J., Cherkin, D. C., Wellman, R. D., Cook, A. J., Hawkes, R. J., Delaney, K., & Deyo, R. A. (2011). A randomized trial comparing yoga, stretching, and a self-care book for chronic low back pain. Archives of internal medicine, 171(22), 2019-2026.

  • Results: Yoga was found to be as effective as standard stretching exercises in improving functionality and reducing symptoms of chronic low-back pain.

  • Study: Streeter, C. C., Gerbarg, P. L., Saper, R. B., Ciraulo, D. A., & Brown, R. P. (2012). Effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system, gamma-aminobutyric-acid, and allostasis in epilepsy, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Medical hypotheses, 78(5), 571-579.

  • Results: The study suggested that yoga can positively impact mental health conditions, potentially by enhancing the regulation of the autonomic nervous system.

  • Study: Cramer, H., Lauche, R., Haller, H., Steckhan, N., Michalsen, A., & Dobos, G. (2014). Effects of yoga on cardiovascular disease risk factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International journal of cardiology, 173(2), 170-183.

  • Results: The review found that yoga may have the same potential benefits as exercise in reducing cardiovascular risk factors.

  • Study: Chandwani, K. D., Perkins, G., Nagendra, H. R., Raghuram, N. V., Spelman, A., Nagarathna, R., ... & Cohen, L. (2014). Randomized, controlled trial of yoga in women with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(10), 1058-1065.

  • Results: Yoga was shown to improve the quality of life, reduce fatigue, and regulate cortisol levels in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer.

  • Study: Cramer, H., Posadzki, P., Dobos, G., & Langhorst, J. (2014). Yoga for asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 112(6), 503-510.

  • Results: The review suggested that yoga might be a feasible intervention for asthma patients and could lead to improvements in symptoms and quality of life.

  • Study: Innes, K. E., & Vincent, H. K. (2007). The influence of yoga-based programs on risk profiles in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 4(4), 469-486.

  • Results: Regular yoga practice was associated with modest reductions in fasting glucose and cholesterol levels.

  • Study: Sharma, M., & Haider, T. (2015). Yoga as an alternative and complementary approach for stress management: a systematic review. Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine, 20(1), 15-24.

  • Results: The systematic review found consistent evidence that yoga practice can significantly reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

These studies, among many others, have solidified yoga's reputation as a beneficial practice for holistic well-being. While results may vary depending on the individual, the overarching consensus in the scientific community is that yoga can offer both mental and physical benefits. Are you ready to find out for yourself??


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