Research on Yoga and Mindfulness

Below you will find links to published studies, books, research centers, and collections of research put together by other organizations. Our goal is to help spread information and share what we find. We are not affiliated with any of the research below and are simply sharing the work of others. 


Treating trauma with yoga

"Yoga was more effective than any medication..." -- Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a psychiatrist who has been treating people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of trauma for more than 40 years. He is the medical director and founder the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA and is the author of the book "The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma".

Bent On Learning

Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. “We bring yoga to as many students as possible—not after school, but right there, in the classroom, where the learning happens.”


Yoga Alliance collection of research

The Yoga Alliance has put together a collection of yoga research supporting yoga for children and adolescents. There are many studies posted and a good place to start. 

More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children

"Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children."