Center for the Study of Yoga and Health

Evidence-Based Yoga

Researching the Intersection
Between Yoga and Health

Evidence-Based Research

Studies on Yoga and Health

A great way to become familiar with the evidence-based research on Yoga is through review articles. These articles examine and summarize the scholarly literature with a narrow and highly specialized focus, such as reviewing all articles that relate to a single disease state. They typically involve complex criteria for inclusion to increase the validity of their results.

For example, an article on Yoga and arthritis may begin with 200+ sources, but be narrowed down to only a handful that can be considered credible. The information this handful contains would then be contrasted and compared. Below is a list of review articles on Yoga from 2000 to 2008:


Aljasir, B., Bryson, M., & Al-shehri, B. (2008). Yoga Practice for the Management of Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Adults: A systematic review. Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, 5(1): 119.


Alexander, G. K., Taylor, A. G., Innes, K. E., Kulbok, P., & Selfe, T. K. (2008). Contextualizing the Effects of Yoga Therapy on Diabetes Management: A Review of the Social Determinants of Physical Activity. Family & Community Health, 31(3),228-239.


Galantino, M. L., Galbavy, R., & Quinn, L. (2008). Therapeutic Effects of Yoga for Children: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 20(1), 66-80


Smith, K. B., & Pukall, C. F. (2008). An evidence-based review of yoga as a complementary intervention for patients with cancer. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.1411.


Lynton, H., Kligler, B., & Shiflett, S. (2007). Yoga in Stroke Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review and Results of a Pilot Study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 14(4), 1-8.


Lipton, L. (2008). Using yoga to treat disease: an evidence-based review. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 21(2), 34-6, 38, 41.


Yang, K. (2007). A Review of Yoga Programs for Four Leading Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases. Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. DOI:10.1093/ecam/nem154


Innes, K. E., Bourguignon, C., & Taylor, A. G. (2005). Risk Indices Associated with the Insulin Resistance Syndrome, Cardiovascular Disease, and Possible Protection with Yoga: A Systematic Review. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 18,491-519.


Jayasinghe, S. R. (2004). Yoga in cardiac health (A Review). European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 11(5),369-375.


Hutchinson, S., & Ernst, E. (2003). Yoga therapy for coronary heart disease: a systematic review. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapy, 8, 144.


Raub, J. S. (2002). Psychophysiologic Effects of Hatha Yoga on Musculoskeletal and Cardiopulmonary Function: A Literature Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 8(6), 797-812.



The following article is a good introduction to Yoga Therapy from an academic perspective:

Hart, J.(2008). An Overview of Clinical Applications of Therapeutic Yoga. Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 14(1), 29-32.