Center for the Study of Yoga and Health
Researching the Intersection
Between Yoga and Health
The academic research literature contains over
1000 scientific articles on Yoga covering its effects on a wide range of health conditions, with new ones appearing all the time.
Many of these studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of specific Yoga postures and series. Evidence-based Yoga...
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
A holistic yoga program for 12 weeks is significantly better than physical exercise in reducing AMH, LH, and testosterone, mFG score for hirsutism, and improving menstrual frequency with nonsignificant changes in body weight, FSH, and prolactin in adolescent PCOS.
Sexual Function in Women
The 12-week yoga intervention resulted in significant improvement in arousal and lubrication compared with the control group. Systolic blood pressure showed significantly greater improvement in the yoga group than in the control group at the 12-week follow up. Yoga may be an effective treatment for sexual dysfunction in women with metabolic syndrome as well as for metabolic risk factors.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Participants demonstrated striking reductions in symptoms and severity, with symptoms decreasing to minimal/mild in all but 1 woman and no participant scoring in the severe range by week 8. Participants also showed significant improvements in sleep, perceived stress, and mood.
Chronic Low Back Pain
The sample’s baseline mean pain intensity and function reflected moderate to severe back pain and impairment. Pain and back-related function improved within both groups. However, there were no differences between once-weekly and twice-weekly groups for pain reduction or back-related function. Twelve weeks of once-weekly or twice-weekly yoga classes were similarly effective.
Positive health related outcomes in chronic migraine can be obtained with a low cost, group, integrated yoga in a community based nonclinical setting. Analysis revealed that the intervention group experienced statistically significant changes in self-perceived pain frequency, pain intensity, pain duration, functional status, medication used and depression; these differences retained their significance at the 6-month follow-up.
Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
Yoga training reduced symptomatic AF episodes, symptomatic non-AF episodes, asymptomatic AF episodes, and depression and anxiety, and improved the QoL parameters of physical functioning, general health, vitality, social functioning, and mental health domains. There was significant decrease in heart rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure before and after yoga.