Research on the Benefits of Yoga

Research on the Benefits of Yoga

Researchers have been investigating the benefits of yoga for those with various health conditions. Several studies have reported on the positive influence of practicing yoga on people with different chronic illnesses. Below are a few studies listed by the type of health condition. The links include abstracts or free articles that describe the health benefits of yoga. I decided to share some of the newer research on yoga in this blog post. Feel free to read them and share them.

These studies demonstrated that yoga can be beneficial for those with asthma:

Agnihotri S, Kant S, Kumar S, Mishra RK, Mishra SK. Impact of yoga on biochemical profile of asthmatics: A randomized controlled study. Int J Yoga. 2014 Jan;7(1):17-21. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.123473.

Tahan F, Eke Gungor H, Bicici E. Is yoga training beneficial for exercise-induced bronchoconstriction? Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;20(2):18-23.

Back Pain
Below are just a few studies on yoga for back pain:

Nambi GS, Inbasekaran D, Khuman R, Devi S, Shanmugananth, Jagannathan K. Changes in pain intensity and health related quality of life with Iyengar yoga in nonspecific chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled study. Int J Yoga. 2014 Jan;7(1):48-53. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.123481.

Monro R, Bhardwaj AK, Gupta RK, Telles S, Allen B, Little P. Disc extrusions and bulges in nonspecific low back pain and sciatica: Exploratory randomised controlled trial comparing yoga therapy and normal medical treatment. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2015;28(2):383-92. doi: 10.3233/BMR-140531.

Here are the latest studies on the effects of yoga on bone mineral density:

Lu YH, Rosner B, Chang G, Fishman LM. Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2016 Apr;32(2):81-87. Epub 2015 Nov 5.

Motorwala ZS, Kolke S, Panchal PY, Bedekar NS, Sancheti PK, Shyam A. Effects of Yogasanas on osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Int J Yoga. 2016 Jan-Jun;9(1):44-8. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.171717.


These are just a few of the studies that have been published on the health benefits of yoga. I hope you enjoyed reading the research on the benefits of yoga. Please consider sharing these with people you know.


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