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Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967

Lisa Kaley-Isley will be leading a workshop Saturday 22 August at The Life Centre, Islington using asana and pranayama to prepare for more physical and mental ease in meditation. She will also lead a workshop Sunday 20 September at The Life Centre, Notting Hill sharing yoga methods to reduce symptoms of anxiety and lead a more fearless life. She shares with us recent published research on yoga as therapy in anticipation to her upcoming workshops.

“Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967 to 2013” was published this week in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Sat Bir Khalsa, one of the authors, has been coming regularly to England and spoke at the first 2 of the Yoga Therapy conferences in London in March 2014 and 2013. Here’s a summary of the findings: The authors identified 486 articles that met inclusion criteria of reporting on a clinical trial published between 1967 and 2013. The articles were published in 217 different peer-reviewed journals from 29 different countries on 28,080 total study participants. The number of published studies jumped from 28 published between 1999 and 2003 to 243 published between 2009 and 2013. The median sample size was 40 participants, which is considered a small sample size and less likely to produce conclusive, generalisable evidence. More studies evaluated yoga for mental health conditions, e.g., anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction, than any other condition. The second most studied conditions are cardiovascular, third are respiratory (79% of which focused on asthma), and fourth are musculoskeletal (38% focused on arthritis and 22% on low back pain). The majority of the articles are published in India (258). There were 122 articles published in the US, 13 in Canada, and 22 in the UK. The quality of the research methodology varies tremendously and must be taken into account when assessing the outcomes reported in the studies. The authors assert that systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the studies have resulted in unanimous positive evidence for depression and cardiovascular risk reduction, with all other studies yielding mixed results. The rapid increase in numbers of studies parallels the growth in the number of individuals practicing yoga in the west and worldwide. It also indicates that healthy individuals as well as individuals diagnosed with a variety of disorders are turning to yoga to reduce and cope with symptoms related to their conditions, and to improve the quality of their lives. For free access to the full study: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2015.0057#utm_campaign=jwh&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pr

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