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."



With mindfulness, life’s in the moment. The Harvard Gazette. April 2018

Yoga for PTSD: New Research Points to Potential Benefits. YogaUOnline.

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds. Forbes. October 2017.

These 10 Things Literally Increase the Size of Your Brain. (yoga included). December 2016.

Yoga and Football. NFL Films Presents. 

Lotus pose on two. Seattle Seahawks use yoga and mindfulness. ESPN. 2013.

Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth. American Academy of Pediatrics. August 2016.

Yoga for anxiety and depression. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. Updated May 2018.

Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse with Yoga. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 2010.

Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering. Association for Psychological Science. 2013.

Online-based Mindfulness Training Reduces Behavioral Markers of Mind Wandering. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. June 2017.

The effect of mindfulness meditation training on biological acute stress responses in generalized anxiety disorder. Psychiatry Research. April 2018.

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research. January 2011.

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. 

Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL): A Conceptual Framework. Handbook of Mindfulness in Education. Mindfulness in Behavioral Health. 2016

Large-scale trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools. University of Oxford News and Events. July 2015.

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. 

Mindfulness Interventions. Annual Review of Psychology. January 2017.

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.

Yoga for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being: Research Review and Reflections on the Mental Health Potentials of Yoga. Front Psychiatry. April 2014. 

Mind–Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Children (Basel). April 2017.

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Collection of Yoga in Schools Research.