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.
"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 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.”
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.
"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."
What Is the Molecular Signature of Mind–Body Interventions? A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices. Frontiers In Immunology. Inflammation. 16 June 2017. There is considerable evidence for the effectiveness of mind–body interventions (MBIs) in improving mental and physical health, but the molecular mechanisms of these benefits remain poorly understood.
Meditation and yoga can 'reverse' DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests. ScienceDaily.com
Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study.
John Hopkins Center for Mind Body Research. CMBR strives to create a fertile intellectual community that facilitates productive interdisciplinary collaborations in mind-body research and to apply innovative research methodologies to elucidate psychobiological mechanisms linking emotional and cognitive processes with health and illness.
Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Oxford University Department of Psychiatry Medical Sciences Division. The Oxford Mindfulness Centre works with partners around the world to prevent depression and enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness.
Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves Health. Carnegie Mellon University. February 2016.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Reduces Loneliness and Pro-Inflammatory Gene Expression in Older Adults: A Small Randomized Controlled Trial. Brain, Behavior, Immunity. 2012.
The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing the Adverse Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma. Children (Basel). February 2017.
Mindfulness Training in Primary Schools Decreases Negative Affect and Increases Meta-Cognition in Children. Front Psychology. January 2016.