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YOGAX Research

Our Collective Research Background

  • The YogaX Team first came together to conduct research about yoga – the practice all of us love so much and share whenever we can.  We have collaborated on investigations into the art and science of yoga for many years.  A full listing of our collective body of research is offered here.  A few highlights are presented below.  If anything catches you eye and you would like more information, please contact us. 

  • Our investigations have centered on two primary themes – access to and efficacy of yoga.  Links to a few sample abstracts are offered below (just click on the underlined text).

  • Reprints of posters we have presented at national conferences follow further down on this page.

Access to, Definitions of, and Biases about Yoga

  • An investigation of the elements of yogic practices as perceived by university students in healthcare programs … 

  • In investigation into barriers and motivators for yoga practice to improve access to this ancient and effective practice …

  • An investigation to better understand whether health professionals use yoga as a resource for referral for individuals with conditions that can be supported by a yoga practice …

  • A look at how print media portray yoga, revealing that popular media truly miss the heart of yoga practice …

  • A look at how Yoga Journal portrays yoga’s posture practice and in the process limits access to this supportive practice for many who could benefit …

  • An investigation whether seeing images of advanced postures (such as shown in yoga journal) turns people away from the practice … (spoiler alert – it does!) …

  • A needs assessment revealing that breast cancer survivors do not get adequate referrals to holistic care they desire - including yoga ... 

Effectiveness  of Yoga and Applications with Diverse Groups of People

  • The development of a 10-week yoga program that increases resilience and reduces stress …

  • An investigation into how best to modify yoga to teach a truly trauma-sensitive practice using research-supported beneficial strategies …

  • An investigation of trauma-informed yoga for veterans

  • An investigation of a Yoga Teacher Program training prisoners to become yoga teachers ...

  • A study assessing the impact of mindfulness training for primary care teams 

  • An investigation of using a yoga intervention to reduce pain among dental hygiene students ...

  • A study looking at the impact of yoga on college athletes ...

  • A look at how yoga might be integrated into a local police department ..

  • and more ...