Research & Studies

Quality research is important for any field of well-being, health-care and personal development.

Quality research is important for any field of well-being, health-care and personal development. It could be argued that the practice of yoga has undergone hundreds of years of research through the trialling of the ancient practitioners, who in turn observed the effects upon their students.

However in our contemporary context, we expect that protocols, interventions and other activities that form part of our well-being or health-care plan can ‘stand the test’ of our contemporary research methods.

In recent years there have been a growing number of well designed studies into the health benefits of yoga. These show that the practice of yoga is safe, useful and very cost effective for a wide range of conditions and life-stages

Yoga New Zealand continues to keep informed of the latest research and has compiled a representative list of some of the areas of research undertaken in the past few years.



Is Yoga Training Beneficial for Exercise-induced Bronchoconstriction?

Credit: F. Tahan, H.E. Gungor, E. Bicici.     Download


Assessment of the Quality of Life in Patients with Bronchial Asthma, Before and After Yoga: a Randomised Trial

Credit: C. Sodhi, S. Singh, and Amit Bery Department of Physiology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, India Department of Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital     Download

Back Pain

Which CAM modalities are worth considering

Credit: R. Zoorob, S. Chakrabarty, H. O’Hara, C. Kihlberg     Download


Effectiveness of Iyengar yoga in treating spinal (back and neck) pain: A systematic review

Credit: E. M. Crow, E. Jeannot, A. Trewhela     Download


Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice – Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain society

Credit: R. Chou,  A. Qaseem, V. Snow,  D. Casey,  J. T. Cross Jr, P. Shekelle, D. K. Owens     Download


Comparing Yoga, Exercise, and a Self-Care Book for Chronic Low Back Pain

Credit: K. J. Sherman, D. C. Cherkin, J. Erro, D. L. Miglioretti, R. A. Deyo     Download


Yoga as therapy: when is it helpful

Credit: G. Verrastro     Download


The efficacy of yoga as an intervention for chronic back pain -A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Credit: A. M. Diaz, M. J. Kolber, C. K. Patel, P. S. Pabian, C. E. Rothschild, W. J. Hanney     Download

Behavioural Disorders

Yoga in an Urban School for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: A Feasibility Study

Credit: N. J. Steiner, T. K. Sidhu, P. G. Pop, E. C. Frenette, E. C. Perrin.     Download


Yoga management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a randomised controlled pilot

Credit: A. Loudon, T Barnett, N. Piller, M. A. Immink, A. D. Williams     Download


Yoga’s Impact on Inflammation, Mood, and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Credit: J. K. Kiecolt-Glaser, J. M. Bennett, R. Andridge, J. Peng, C. L. Shapiro, W. B. Malarkey, C. F. Emery, R. Layman, E. E. Mrozek, R. Glaser     Download


Effect of Yoga on Sleep Quality among Adult Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review Protocol

Credit: G. Alexander, S. Lockwood     Download


Randomized, Controlled Trial of Yoga in Women With Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy

Credit: K. D. Chandwani, G. Perkins, H. R. Nagendra, N. V. Raghuram, A. Spelman, R. Nagarathna, K. Johnson, A. Fortier, B. Arun, Q. Wei, C. Kirschbaum, R. Haddad, G. S. Morris, J. Scheetz, A. Chaoul, L. Cohen     Download

Children’s yoga

Therapeutic effects of yoga for children: a systematic review of the literature

Credit: M. L Galantino, R. Galbavy, L. Quinn     Download


Evaluation of the mental health benefits of yoga in a secondary school: a preliminary randomized controlled trial

Credit: S. B. Khalsa, L. Hickey-Schultz, D. Cohen, N. Steiner, S. Cope     Download


Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn yoga program among children with autism spectrum disorders

Credit: K. P. Koenig, A. Buckley-Reen, S. Garg     Download

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Effects of yoga training in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Credit: X. C. Liu, L. Pan, Q. Hu, W. P Dong, J. H. Yan, L. Dong     Download


Effect of yoga regimen on lung functions including diffusion capacity in coronary artery disease patients

Credit: R. K. Yadav     Download


Restorative yoga and its metabolic risk factors

Credit: A. M. Kanaya, M. R. G. Araneta, S. B. Pawlowsky, E. Barrett-Connor, D. Grady, E. Vittinghoff, M. Schembri , A. Chang, M. L. Carrion-Petersen, T. Coggins, D. Tanori, J. M. Armas, R. J. Cole     Download


Yoga and Hypertension: A Systematic Review

Credit: A Tyagi, M. Cohen     Download


A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effects of Yoga With an Active Control on Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Individuals With Prehypertension and Stage 1 Hypertension

Credit: M. Hagins, A. Rundle, N. S. Consedine, PhD;3 S. B. S. Khalsa     Download


Yoga for hypertension: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials

Credit: P. Posadzkia, H. Cramere, A. Kuzdzalc, M. S. Leed,f, E. Ernstf     Download


The Effects of Mind-Body Therapies on the Immune System: Meta-Analysis

Credit: N. Morgan, M. R. Irwin, M. Chung, C. Wang     Download

Mental Health

Yoga for schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Credit: H. Cramer, R. Lauche, P Klose, J. Langhorst, G. Dobos     Download


“A Feeling of Connectedness”: Perspectives on a Gentle Yoga Intervention for Women with Major Depression

Credit: P. A. Kinser, C. Bourguignon, R. Steeves     Download


Yoga and health

Credit: D. K. Taneja     Download


Can yoga reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Credit: I. B. Skowronek, A. Mounsey, L. Handler, R. Guthmann     Download


Yoga for Depression

H. Cramer, R. Lauche, J. Langhorst, G. Dobos


Effects of Yoga Exercise Program on Response of Stress, Physical Fitness and Self Esteem in Middle Aged Women

Credit: M. S.Park, K. S. Kim     Download


Yoga for prenatal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Credit: H. Gong, C. Ni, X. Shen, T. Wu, C. Jiang      Download


STOP THE unnecessary suffering

Credit: I. Spierts     Download


A Review of Current Therapeutic Practice for the Management of Chronic Pain

Credit: D. Devan     Download


Cognitive and emotional control of pain and its disruption in chronic pain

Credit: C. Bushnell, M. Čeko, L. A. Low     Download

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The use of yoga, mediation, mantram and mindfulness to enhance coping mechanisms in Veterans with PTSD

Credit: R. Fiore, R. Nelson, E. Tosti     Download


Examining Mechanisms of Change in a Yoga Intervention for Women: The Influence of Mindfulness, Psychological Flexibility, and Emotion Regulation on PTSD Symptoms

Credit: A. M. Dick, B. L. Niles, A. E. Street, D. M. Di Martino, K. S. Mitchell    Download

Restless Legs

Efficacy of an Eight-Week Yoga Intervention on Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): A Pilot Study

Credit: K. E. Innes, T. K Selfe, P. Agarwal, K.  Williams, K. L. Flack     Download


Muscle utilization patterns vary by skill levels of the practitioners across specific yoga poses (asanas)

Credit: M. Ni, K. Mooney, A. Balachandran, L. Richards, K. Harriell, J. F. Signorile     Download

Weight Management

The Physiological Responses to Bikram Yoga in Novice and Experienced Practitioners

Credit: J. L. Pate, M. J. Buono     Download

Yoga Therapy

Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967 to 2013

Credit: P. E. Jeter, J. Slutsky, N. Singh, S. B. S. Khalsa     Download