Links to Research supporting yoga and mindfulness

Below you will find links to specific published studies, books, 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. 

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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".


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. 

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


YOga for Children - Front psychiatry

This article discusses yoga as a potential tool for children to deal with stress and regulate themselves.

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Harvard Health Blog

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."

A yoga arcticle about The Vagus Nerve and Why It Matters

Sonima Foundation

Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Mindfulness for Children and Youth: A Review of the Literature with an Argument for School-Based Implementation