This study describes the first year of the yoga program in the Encinitas School District, in California. This program was the subject of a court case in which the school district was sued by a family for government sponsorship of religion. The judge ruled that though yoga has religious roots it was not religious in
The aim of this exploratory study was to explore how young people explain the benefits of yoga using a qualitative approach. This research study was done with a group of students between 11 and 13, who had been voluntarily attending the after school yoga classes for between one month and a year, although some had
This article aimed to explore clinical applications of yoga among the pediatric population. 34 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and nonrandomized controlled trials (NRCTs) were selected that included yoga or yoga-based interventions for individuals aged 0 to 21 years. Clinical areas for which yoga has been studied include physical fitness, cardiorespiratory effects, motor skills/strength, mental health
This article from 2011 is a systematic review of research in order to explore the effectiveness of yoga in treating pain. The review looked at ten different randomized clinicial trials that investigated the use of yoga in patients with any kind of pain. The results of nine of these suggest that yoga leads to a
This article reviews 35 trials that assessed the role of yoga in reducing the signs and symptoms of anxiety and stress. 25 of the trials found a reduction in stress and/or anxiety symptoms when yoga was implemented. However the authors noted that many of the studies had limitations such as small populations, lack of control
In this study, the authors compared changes in gamma aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain in an acute yoga session and a session of reading. Low levels of GABA are associated with depression and anxiety. The results indicate that in experienced yoga practitioners GABA levels increase after a session of yoga. Due to copyright issues
This image sets out the effects of sustained yoga practice on the body and mind after different periods of time. It can be useful to show people the benefits, either as a handout or as a poster on the wall of the yoga room.
This article, from 2014, outlines the preliminary outcomes of a yoga and mindfulness intervention for school teachers. The study was randomised and aimed to assess a 6 session yoga and mindfulness program for teachers. 7 schools participated in the study. Initial findings indicate that the intervention may be beneficial for some teachers, but that it