benefits of yoga

Research has found yoga effective in areas of wellbeing

musculo-skeletal fitness - to - internal medicine - and - mental health

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structural health

yoga for back pain


The evidence for yoga helping with low back pain is well established

Three systematic reviews (Singh; 2016. Diaz 2013 & Cramer 2013) found yoga effective in

  • alleviating low back pain and disability
  • reducing medication usage and improving quality of life
  • reducing associated stress & depression

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Two systematic reviews on yoga for neck pain found positive links between yoga and reduction in pain and disability

  • Kim (2016) reviewed just 3 trials. Despite apparent benefits a high risk of bias emphasized the need for further well conducted studies
  • Crow (2015) reviewed 6 trials with 570 patients practising Iyengar yoga. The results are favourable for short term relief. Longer term benefit has yet to be demonstrated


Osteo-arthritis (O/A) refers to joint pain associated with mechanical wear-and-tear

Inflammatory arthritis such Rheumatoid is a systemic disease whith manifestations in the joints

  • Kan (2016) systematically reviewed yoga for knee osteo-arthritis and found significant improvements in pain and mobility within just 2 weeks of yoga practice

internal health

individual practising yoga and meditation


A recent review (Chu 2014) found yoga improved cardiovascular health and metabolic syndrome* at levels comparable to aerobic exercise, with positive effects on

  • body-mass index
  • blood pressure
  • heart-rate
  • & blood cholesterol

*(Metabolic syndrome combines high blood pressure, high blood sugar, over-weight and abnormal cholesterol levels, and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke)

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Cramer (2014) reviewed yoga for asthma

Despite a lack of evidence for yoga being superior to "sham" yoga or general exercise, the team concluded that there was a demonstrably positive effect on respiratory functions and quality of life compared to usual care and psychological methods of management

Other areas of research


  • Efficacy and safety of meditative movement therapies in fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review
    • Langhorst J, Klose P, Dobos GJ. Rheumatol Int. 2013


  • Effects of yoga exercises for headaches: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
    • Sang-Dol Kim, RN, PhD; J Phys Ther Sci. 2015

mental health

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Chong (2011) reviewed the effects of yoga on stress-associated symptoms. The 8 studies included described beneficial effects from practising yoga:

"Despite some studies using less than adequate measurement methods, there is positive evidence that yoga can reduce perceived stress as effectively as relaxation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dance"

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Kirkwood (2005) systematically reviewed the effectiveness of yoga for the treatment of clinical anxiety, concluding:

"Owing to the diversity of conditions treated and the poor quality of most of the studies, it is still not possible to say that yoga is effective in treating anxiety or anxiety disorders in general, but there are encouraging results, particularly with obsessive compulsive disorder"


Systematic reviews by Pilkington (2004 ) and Cramer et al (2013) have found a positive role for yoga in depression

Cramer included twelve trials with 619 participants. Three had a low risk of bias. They conclude:

"Despite methodological drawbacks of the included studies, yoga could be considered an ancillary treatment option for patients with depressive disorders..." (Cramer, 2013)

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