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Study reveals benefits of yoga for pregnant women
New research in pregnant women suggests that practicing yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for bodily functions when at rest) during the third trimester, improves sleep at night, and decreases α-amylase levels, indicating reduced stress. (2018-07-18)

Yoga may be viable option for people with generalized anxiety disorder
Yoga could help reduce symptoms for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, according to a study published by Georgia State University researchers in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. (2016-10-03)

Yoga helps patients with ulcerative colitis
Patients with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, often relapse at times of stress. In a clinical trial of 77 ulcerative colitis patients who were in clinical remission but were experiencing reduced quality of life, those assigned to 12 supervised 90-minute weekly sessions of yoga had a greater increase in quality of life and reduced activity of their colitis compared with those who were given written self-care advice. (2017-04-05)

Don't sweat it: Bikram yoga is no more effective than yoga practiced at room temperature
Bikram yoga, a hot yoga style, is no more effective at improving health than the same yoga postures at room temperature -- that's what research published in Experimental Physiology and carried out by Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin, USA, has found. (2018-01-18)

Yoga more risky for causing musculoskeletal pain than you might think
Yoga causes musculoskeletal pain in 10 percent of people and exacerbates 21 percent of existing injuries, University of Sydney research shows. Published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, the findings come from the first prospective study to investigate injuries caused from recreational participation in yoga. The injury rate is up to 10 times higher than has previously been reported. (2017-06-27)

Special yoga classes aimed at breast cancer survivors improves recovery
A University of Alberta researcher examined how a specialized Iyengar yoga program for breast cancer survivors makes a difference in their recovery. (2010-08-17)

Yoga as a potential therapy for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome
The review demonstrates the potential for yoga to have an impact on concrete, physiological outcomes that represent some of the greatest health burdens today. (2014-12-29)

Yoga benefits patients with metabolic syndrome
In a recent Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports study, one year of yoga training decreased pro-inflammatory adipokines and increased an anti-inflammatory adipokine in adults with metabolic syndrome and high-normal blood pressure. (2018-02-07)

Can yoga help those experiencing depression, anxiety or PTSD?
Across the country, health and human service providers have shown a growing interest in using yoga as an option for treating people who experience mental health problems. But a recent study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that while there are some promising benefits to using yoga, there isn't yet enough evidence to support the practice as a standalone solution for improving mental health and well-being. (2016-03-09)

New study finds new connection between yoga and mood
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety. The findings, which currently appear online at Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, is the first to demonstrate an association between yoga postures, increased GABA levels and decreased anxiety. (2010-08-19)

Studies show siginificant benefits of yoga in 2 conditions
Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who practice yoga showed statistically significant improvements in disease activity, according to a small study presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress. (2011-05-26)

Weekly yoga class yields similar lower back pain relief as 2 classes
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that a weekly yoga class provided similar lower back pain relief and reduced the need for pain medication as twice weekly classes in lower income minority patients. (2013-07-02)

New study finds that yoga can be helpful for low back pain
Over the course of their lives, about 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at one time or another. For millions of people this pain is chronic. A new study has concluded that yoga may be helpful for low back pain. (2017-02-06)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Dec. 20, 2005
A new study finds that a yoga program was more effective in treating lower back pain than another exercise program or education. At 26 weeks, the yoga group reported better back function and less pain than the other two groups. This first major study of yoga for back pain shows that yoga (Viniyoga in this study) is a viable option for reducing pain. The study yoga group was supervised by a trained instructor and yoga participants practiced regularly at home. (2005-12-19)

Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels
Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. (2017-09-06)

Elderly yoginis have greater cortical thickness
Scientists in Brazil have imaged elderly female yoga practitioners' brains and found they have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. The results suggest that yoga could be a way to protect against cognitive decline in old age. (2017-07-13)

Study: Group yoga improves motor function and balance long after stroke
Group yoga can improve motor function and balance in stroke survivors, even if they don't begin yoga until six months or more after the stroke, according to (2012-07-27)

Reciting Ave Maria linked to a healthy heart
Reciting the rosary prayer or yoga mantras enhance some aspect of heart and lung function and might be viewed as a health practice as well as a religious practice, finds a study in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ. (2001-12-20)

Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder
Newly published results from a survey of people with bipolar disorder who practice yoga have begun to document the reported benefits and risks of the practice. The information, plus a pilot clinical trial currently underway, could help psychologists develop yoga as an adjunctive therapy for the condition. (2014-09-17)

Researchers find yoga may be effective for chronic low back pain in minority populations
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center found that yoga may be more effective than standard treatment for reducing chronic low back pain in minority populations. This study appears in the November issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. (2009-11-04)

Yoga provides emotional benefits to women with breast cancer
Women undertaking a ten week program of 75 minute Restorative Yoga classes gained positive differences in aspects of mental health such as depression, positive emotions, and spirituality (feeling calm/peaceful) compared to the control group. The study, published today in a special issue of Psycho-Oncology focusing on physical activity, shows the women had a 50 percent reduction in depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace and meaning after the yoga sessions. (2009-02-24)

Yoga in jails helps make better fathers
A Washington State University researcher has found that yoga can help fathers in jail be better dads. (2015-10-15)

Study: Yoga helps back pain among veterans
A study that included 150 veterans with chronic low back pain found that those who completed a 12-week yoga program had better scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and a decline in opioid use. The findings jibe with those from two past clinical trials involving non-veterans. (2017-07-25)

UCLA yoga study seeks breast cancer survivors
Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center are recruiting volunteers who have completed treatment for breast cancer and are experiencing persistent fatigue to join a study to see if yoga can improve energy, mood and physical functioning. (2004-04-12)

Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors
Heart disease patients who practice yoga in addition to aerobic exercise saw twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared to patients who practiced either Indian yoga or aerobic exercise alone, according to research to be presented at the 8th Emirates Cardiac Society Congress in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology Middle East Conference Oct. 19-21, 2017 in Dubai. (2017-10-19)

Hatha yoga practice and fear of falling in older adults
Indiana University researchers found promising results in an exploratory study involving yoga practice by older adults who expressed a fear of falling. After a 12-week, twice weekly hatha yoga class, taught by a professional yoga therapist, study participants reported a reduced fear of falling, increased lower body flexibility and a reduction in their leisure constraints. (2009-03-09)

Yoga and elevated brain GABA levels
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and McLean Hospital have found that practicing yoga may elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric levels, the brain's primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. The findings, which appear in the May issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, suggest that the practice of yoga be explored as a possible treatment for depression and anxiety, disorders associated with low GABA levels. (2007-05-21)

Large NCI grant will test the effect of Tibetan yoga on women with breast cancer
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have received a $2.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effects of Tibetan yoga in women with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. (2006-05-12)

OHSU researchers reveal yoga and exercise can improve patients' quality of life
OHSU researchers are releasing the results of a study aimed at determining the benefits of yoga or exercise for MS patients. The trial showed both activities appear to impact fatigue levels. Severe fatigue is a common side effect of MS. (2003-04-03)

Researchers identify link between decreased depressive symptoms, yoga and the neurotransmitter GABA
The benefits of yoga have been widely documented by scientific research, but previously it was not clear as to how yoga exerts its physiologic effect. Now a new study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) proposes that yoga can increase levels of Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the short-term and completing one yoga class per week may maintain elevated GABA that could mitigate depressive symptoms. (2020-02-03)

Yoga can be an effective supportive therapy for people with lung cancer and their caregivers
In a feasibility trial of people with advanced lung cancer receiving radiation therapy, and their caregivers, yoga was beneficial to both parties. (2017-10-23)

Yoga has the potential to reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease
Following a systematic review of 37 randomized controlled trials, investigators from the Netherlands and USA have found that yoga may provide the same benefits in risk factor reduction as such traditional physical activities as biking or brisk walking. (2014-12-15)

No harm in yoga: But not much help for asthma sufferers
A recent report in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology examined 14 studies to determine the effectiveness of yoga in the treatment of asthma and found there isn't enough evidence to support yoga as a routine intervention to alleviate symptoms. (2014-06-02)

Research evaluates effectiveness of yoga in treating major depression
New research indicates that the benefits of hatha yoga in treating depression are less pronounced in early treatment, but may accumulate over time. (2017-05-08)

NYU researchers look at yoga's impact on epilepsy
In a quiet, dark gym, yoga instructor Ramona Shih tells her students to focus on breathing deeply. At the end of this 90-minute yoga session, a profound sense of peacefulness has descended over the six people taking the class. It would appear to be a regular yoga class, but Ms. Shih's students have epilepsy, and the class is really a novel clinical study at NYU Medical Center's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. (2001-07-25)

Researchers find yoga helps ease stress related medical and psychological conditions
An article by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, New York Medical College, and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons reviews evidence that yoga may be effective in treating patients with stress-related psychological and medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease. (2012-03-06)

Yoga: A cost-effective treatment for back pain sufferers?
Specialized group yoga classes could provide a cost-effective way of treating patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain, according to the UK's largest ever study of the benefits of yoga. (2012-08-16)

OHSU'S new alternative medicine center studies the effects of yoga vs. traditional exercise for the aging
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University are investigating whether yoga is beneficial to the country's aging population and to multiple sclerosis patients when compared to traditional exercise. The research is being conducted by OHSU's new Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders or ORCCAMIND. (2000-09-04)

Yoga is more effective than conventional exercise for back pain, Group Health study finds
Yoga appears to be more effective for low back pain than conventional exercise or getting a self-care book about the condition, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at Group Health Cooperative's Center for Health Studies and published in the December 20 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (2005-12-19)

Yoga takes a bite out of eating disorders
Exercises that encourage body awareness may promote healthy eating patterns and higher body satisfaction. (2005-05-17)

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