Research

Since its inception, IYNAUS' Yoga Research Committee has been committed to fostering Iyengar Yoga research in order to show the benefits of Iyengar yoga as a means of improving mental, physical, and spiritual health. On this site you will find a compilation of research involving Iyengar Yoga, from sources including research and medical journals to articles written by health professionals within the Iyengar community.

It is our aim that the collation of these findings will create a broader picture of Iyengar Yoga and the way this particular practice of yoga is being seen and utilized in yoga and medical communities worldwide. We also aspire to illuminate gaps in our research and knowledge, inspiring further investigation and publication in order to create more visibility for Iyengar Yoga. We encourage the Iyengar community to utilize this website and contribute any new information that is discovered or published. Please send citations and links to: generalmanager@iynaus.org

We hope that our work, combined with the committed efforts of the National Institute of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, will further the study of yoga and engender awareness and acceptance of alternative forms of health care.

AGING

  • DiBenedetto, M., Innes, KE., Taylor, AG., Rodeheaver, PF., Boxer, JA., Wright, HJ., Kerrigan, DC. (2005, September). Effect of a gentle Iyengar yoga program on gait in the elderly: an exploratory study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 86(9),1830-7. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16181950
  • Oken, B. S., Zajdel, D., Kishiyama, S., Flegal, K., Dehen, C., Haas, M., Kraemer, D., Lawrence, J., Leyva, J. (2006). Randomized, controlled, six-month trial of yoga in healthy seniors: effects on cognition and quality of life. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 12(1), 40–47.  Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1457100/
  • Patel, N., Newstead, A., Ferrer, R.. (2012, October). The effects of yoga on physical functioning and health related quality of life in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 18(10), 902-917. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/acm.2011.0473
  • Temple University. (2008, April 8). Yoga poses can prevent falls in women over 65, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080404114445.htm

AMYTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS

  • Subbappa, R. (2014, April). Iyengar yoga therapy as an intervention for cramp management in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Three case reports The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 20(4), 322-326. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/acm.2013.0340

ANXIETY/DEPRESSION AND STRESS

  • Michalsen, A., Jeitler, M., Brunnhuber, S., Lüdtke, R., Büssing, A., Musial, F., Dobos, G., Kessler, C. (2012). Iyengar yoga for distressed women: A 3-armed randomized controlled trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2012, 408727. http://doi.org/10.1155/2012/408727
  • Shapiro, D., Bystritsky, A., Kerwin,, L., Apt, M. (2008). Iyengar yoga as a complementary treatment of generalized anxiety disorder: Pilot study (5). In Scientific Evidence on the Therapeutic Efficacy of Iyengar Yoga: A Compilation of Research Papers. Retrieved from http://iynaus.org/sites/iynaus_files/pages/research/Mumbai_research_compilation.pdf
  • Shapiro, D., Cook, I. A., Davydov, D. M., Ottaviani, C., Leuchter, A. F.,  Abrams, M. (2007). Yoga as a complementary treatment of depression: Effects of traits and moods on treatment outcome. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 4(4), 493–502. http://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel114
  • Streeter CC, Gerbarg PL, Saper RB, Ciraulo DA, Brown RP. (2012, May). Effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system, gamma-aminobutyric-acid, and allostasis in epilepsy, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder [Abstract]. Med Hypotheses. 78(5), 571-9. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2012.01.021
  • Streeter, C., Jensen, J., Perlmutter, R., Cabral, H., Tian, H., Terhune, D., Ciraulo, D., Renshaw, P. (2007, May). Yoga asana sessions increase brain GABA levels: A pilot study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 13(4), 419-426. http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2007.6338
  • Streeter, C., Whitfield, T., Owen, L., Rein, T., Karri, S., Yakhkind, A., Perlmutter, R,. Prescot, A., Renshaw, P., Ciraulo, D., Jensen, J. (2010, November). Effects of yoga versus walking on mood, anxiety, and brain GABA levels: A randomized controlled MRS study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 16(11), 1145-1152. http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2010.0007
  • Woolery, A., Myers, H., Sternlieb., B., Zeltzer., L. (2004, March/April). A yoga intervention for young adults with elevated symptoms of depression. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 10(2), 60-63.
    Retrieved from http://www.modernhcp.com/INNO-PDFS/IMCJ-PDFS/BE8EAF15F08842A291DC88418F8F9BA5.ashx.pdf

ARTHRITIS

  • Bukowski EL, Conway A, Glentz LA, Kurland K, Galantino ML (October 2006) The effect of Iyengar yoga and strengthening exercises for people living with osteoarthritis of the knee: A case series.. Int Q Community Health Educ. 26(3), 287-305. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17827096
  • Evans, S., Moieni, M., Taub, R., Subramanian, S., Tsao, J., Sternlieb, B., Zeltzer, L. (May 2010). Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: Results from a mixed-methods pilot study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 39(5), 904-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.09.018
  • Kolasinski SL, Garfinkel M, Tsai AG, Matz W, Van Dyke A, Schumacher HR. (August 2005). Iyengar yoga for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knees: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 11(4), 689-93. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16131293

ASTHMA

  • Sabina, AB., Williams, AL., Wall, HK., Bansal, S., Chupp, G., Katz, DL. (May 2005). Yoga intervention for adults with mild-to-moderate asthma: a pilot study. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 94(5), 543-8. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15945557

BACK PAIN

BONE HEALTH

BREAST CANCER

CANCER

CARDIAC HEALTH

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

DIABETES

GENERAL HEALTH & WELL BEING

HYPERTENSION

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

MENOPAUSE

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

NECK PAIN

OVARIAN CANCER

PANCREATITIS

  • Danhauer, S. C., Tooze, J. A., Farmer, D. F., Cambell, C. R., McQuellon, R. P., Barrett, R., & Miller, B. E. (2008).  Restorative yoga for women with ovarian or breast cancer: Findings from a pilot study. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology 6(2), 47-58.  Abstract retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18544284

PANCREATITIS

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME

SPINAL CORD INJURY