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I am nowhere near the yogis I read about here, I don't practice everyday, in fact I'm lucky if I am able to do it once or twice a week.

However, I truly believe in Yoga's restorive has helped my flexibility plus I've just begun some of the meditation part, especially when I'm so stressed that I can feel my heart beating and within minutes, it calms me enough to deal with the problem at hand.

ALan Kaye ?

So, I am hearing that your conclusion is to not measure YOGA's impact on Patient Outcomes because YOGA is not evidence-based. Is that correct???????

rajendar menen

Yoga just changes your life on its head!!


I can attest to the physical changes in myself and my doctors agree. Too bad there aren't more studies instead of research into more prescriptions. The complexities of the human body have not been researached, but many symptoms have been.I believe Kripalu is doing that now through the Extrordinary Living Studies,


I agree! I am also a PTA student who wants to see this happen.


txs for sharing this great article.....

Yoga is something absolutely great....and I agree that we shouldnt try to explain too the effects are really very complex


the faith and mystery involved with yoga are what make it so beautiful , and the more scientific side of the benefits can help to motivate one to keep practicing as well. Its all about balance.

Meredith Gabriel

I could not agree more with this article. Currently I am a physical therapy assistant student and yoga teacher for 4+ years. As a physical therapist assistant my goal is to connect with PTs to conduct research on this very subject. We need research to prove that yoga works so it can be brought into Western medicine. Doctors should be writing prescriptions for yoga class not pain killers. As a PTA I hope to be a part of research that proves yoga has therapeutic benefits and can be accepted into modern medicine.


My own body is my proof and enough for me. I suffered from back pain for years in my 30's. I started practicing yoga regularly in my 40's. And while I still have back issues my pain is less and pain free days are much higher in number now then they ever were without it. Yoga continues to deliver gifts to me that I would have never known when I started. One of the few things I started for health reasons and never wanted to stop. My treadmill, rowing maching etc. on the otherhand have gone unused for years.


very well written article. thank-you.

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