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  • Research on breast cancer and yoga is one of the fastest growing areas of research in yoga. Yoga Alliance hosted five separate conversations to unpack the latest scientific research, and to host three teacher conversations on best practices for teaching both breast cancer patients and survivors in the yoga classroom.

  • Yoga provides socio-emotional, socio-economic, and health benefits to students of all ages and levels.

  • A growing body of scientific literature suggests that sleep habits can be changed through yoga and mindfulness practices; there are others, including a consensus statement from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society, showing the ravaging effects that sleep restriction, including self-imposed sleep restriction, has on the body.

  • The tricky terrain of the mind-body complex can be soothed through the physical, cognitive, and emotional effects of yoga. Its whole-bodied approach can bring us back in to the body from that anxious place in which we are lifted out of the moment (and ourselves) with worry and dread over whatever might happen next.

  • While acute major life events, such as divorce or the death of a loved one, or even COVID, can be predict depression, chronic stresses are stronger than acute ones as predictors of depression.

  • Scientific research shows that yoga affects the aging process. During COVID-19, we’ve all thought about our elders: how to care for them, how to protect them, and, as yoga teachers and practitioners, how we might even use yoga as a way to ameliorate or improve their experience of life in lockdown.

Related Scientific Research on Yoga

Special Populations relates to research evidence on healthy individuals in special work, health, or life situations.  Learn more.

The Elderly and Aging
Reproductive Health
Students and Education
► Institutional/Workplace Populations

Video Spotlight

This video from Yoga Alliance describes the process of aging, the aspects of yoga that slow down the aging process, and what types of yoga have been studied with respect to aging and the elderly. Watch now.

More workshops and discussions are available here.


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