What the Research Says about Yoga
Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Richard J. Davidson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, et al, Psychosomatic Medicine, July 2003, 65(4) 564–570.
Open hearts build lives: Positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources. Barbara Fredrickson, et al, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2008, 95(5) 1045-1062.
The effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive processes and affect in patients with past depression. Wiveka Ramel, Philippe R. Goldin et al, Cognitive Therapy and Research, August 2004, 28(4)) 433–455.
Yoga, meditation and mind-body health. B Cahn et al, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, 2017.
Effects of maternity yoga on the autonomic nervous system during pregnancy. M Hayase et al, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. 2018, 44: 1887-1895.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction for health care professionals: Results from a randomized trial. S.L. Shapiro, J.A. Astin, et al, Journal of Stress Management, 2005, 12(2), 164-176.
Workplace based mindfulness practice and inflammation: A randomized trial. William B. Malarkey, David Jarjoura, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, January 2013, 27, 145-154.
Coherence between emotional experience and physiology: Does body awareness training have an impact? Jocelyn A. Sze, Anett Gyurak, et al, Emotion, 2010.
Mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention. Amishi P. Jha, Jason Krompinger, Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, June 2007, 7(2), 109–119.
Heated yoga for the treatment of anxious depression. Nauphal M, et al, American Psychological Association Annual Convention; August 3-6, 2017; Washington, D.C.
Effects of a hatha yoga intervention on depressive symptoms: Mediating roles of mindfulness and self. S Shallit, LB Hopkins, American Psychological Association Annual Convention; August 3-6, 2017; Washington, D.C.
The effects of yoga for depression. NK Vollbehr et al, Presented at: American Psychological Association Annual Convention; August 3-6, 2017; Washington, D.C.
Hatha yoga for depression: Critical review of the evidence for efficacy, plausible mechanisms of action, and directions for future research. Lisa Uebelacker et al, Journal of Psychiatric Practice, January 2010, (16)1, 22-33.
Treatment of major depressive disorder with Iyengar yoga and coherent breathing: A randomized controlled dosing study. Chris C. Streeter et al, published online:1 Mar 2017.
The benefits of yoga for musculoskeletal disorders: A systematic review of the literature. R McCaffrey et al, Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 2012, 2:122.
Yoga-based intervention for carpal tunnel syndrome: A randomized trial. MS Garfinkel et al, JAMA, (1998) 280: 1601-1603. Yoga as a clinical intervention. A Ott et al, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, 2002, 10: 81-83.
Comparing yoga, exercise, and a self-care book for chronic low back pain: A randomized, controlled trial. KJ Sherman et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005, 143: 849-857.
Managing osteoarthritis: Comparisons of chair yoga, Reiki, and education (pilot study). J Park et al, Holistic Nurse Practitioner, 2011, 25: 316-326.
Effect of Hatha yoga on anxiety: a meta-analysis. S Hofmann, Journal of evidence-based medicine, 2016, (9)3, 116-124.
Yoga as a Preventative and Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. D Campbell and K Moore, (2004) International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 2004, (14)1, 53-58.
Yoga for Trauma and Related Mental Health Problems: A Meta-Review With Clinical and Service Recommendations. R Macy et al, Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 2015, (19)1, 35-57.
Better cardiovascular outcomes of combined specific Indian yoga and aerobic exercise in obese coronary patients with type 2 diabetes. Sen Naresh et al, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 2018, (71)11 Supplement.
Cost-effectiveness of yoga for managing musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace. N. Hartfiel et al, ,Occupational Medicine, 2017, 67:687–695.
Greater Cortical Thickness in Elderly Female Yoga Practitioners—A Cross-Sectional Study. Rui Afonso et al, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2017, (9), 201.
A community-based sleep health and yoga intervention to improve sleep outcomes. S Bertisch et al, presented at Sleep 2018.
Yoga and the Military
The PILOTS Database
PILOTS stands for the Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress. This database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, PILOTS does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations.
The PILOTS Database is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans.
Warrior Pose: Building Readiness Through Resilience — Yoga and Meditation
Joint Special Operations University Library, 2019
Research on Meditation Program for Psychological Stress & Well-Being
US Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2014
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Veterans: A Randomized Clinical Trial
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 2015
Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-Being
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 2014
Utilizing Integrative Restoration (iRest) to Enhance the Resilience of Military Couples
Currently being written for publishing
Benefits of the Restorative Exercise and Strength Training for Operational Resilience and Excellence Yoga Program for Chronic Low Back Pain in Service Members: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Department of Defense Suicide Event Report Calendar Year 2016
The United States Department of Defense
Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care
EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing
Military Tailored Yoga for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Military Medicine, 2018
Mind-Body Therapy for Military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2018
Yoga for Military Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial
American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2017
The Safety of Yoga: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
American Journal of Epidemiology, 2015
Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2012
Mindfulness Practice Leads to Increases in Regional Gray Matter Density
Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, January 2011
Stress, Inflammation and Yoga Practice
Psychosom Med: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, February 2010
Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for PTSD in Latina Women
Pacific University, July 2010
Effects of Yoga on Depression and Anxiety of Women
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, June 2009
A Randomised Comparative Trial of Yoga and Relaxation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, June 2007
Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research on PTSD
Annals New York Academy of Science, June 2006
Whole Health in the Whole System of the Veterans Administration: How Will We Know We Have Reached This Future State?
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 25, No. S1, March 2019
How I’m Managing My Chronic Pain Without Opiods
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018
Yoga Effective at Reducing Symptoms of Depression
Medical Xpress, American Psychological Association, August 3, 2017
Yoga Stress Relief For Soldiers
Huffington Post, Elaine Gavalas, May 17, 2012
Yoga: An Alternative Therapy for Wounded Warriors with PTSD
Warrior Care Blog, DOD Office of Warrior Care Policy, January 19, 2012
How Meditation May Change the Brain
New York Times, January 28, 2011
Harvard, Brigham Study: Yoga Eases Veterans PTSD Symptoms
WBUR.org, December 8, 2010
Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Harvard Mental Health Newsletter, April 2009