Studies on the Benefits of Yoga

The many benefits of yoga have been the subject of a wide range of studies.  Yoga's benefits are well known to people who practise regularly, but to others, sometimes it seems too simple a way to improve your life, outlook and health.  From stress relief, to assistance with dealing with life's many challenges, growing older, back pain, arthritis, addictions and many other conditions can be improved by a regular yoga practice.

I am always interested to read these studies, and I have attached a selection below.  Click on the blue writing to open the articles.

Whenever you look at anything on the web, you need to make sure it is from a reputable source.  The research articles below are all published on PubMed, which is a very reputable website for sourcing research articles.

Yoga is not purported to cure any disease - cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, etc - but it can do a lot to help people deal with their reactions to diagnosis, their attitude to treatment, and their long term outlook.  Also partners, family members, friends are often just as shocked and stressed by what is happening in their loved ones lives - yoga can be a great support for everyone.

US National Library of Medicine - U.S. Government website - Yoga in Australia - Results of a National Survey

US National Library of Medicine - U.S. Government website - Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life

Gaiam Life - Yoga Therapy, The Next Wave in Yoga

Yoga as Medicine - 75 Conditions Benefitted by Yoga, as Demonstrated in Scientific Studies (includes links to papers)

 Yoga Australia - The Benefits of Yoga - A Brief Summary of Evidence Based Yoga Research

 US National Library of Medicine - U.S. Government website - An evidence-based review of yoga as a complementary intervention for patients with cancer.

Yoga Journal, Timothy McCall M.D. - How Yoga Improves Health