Yoga Talk Podcast 19: Yoga and Science

June 23, 2015    BY Yoga International
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Yoga is often referred to as a "science," but is it really? Whatever your stance is, it's hard to deny yoga's ​scientifically​ proven health benefits—mental, physical, emotional, spiritual...the list goes on. Tune in as Kat and Michael share their thoughts on the latest scientific studies about yoga.

Talking points include:

The studies that we referenced:

Yoga's Cardiovascular Benefits

Yoga Improves Vagal Tone

The Benefits of Side Plank for Scoliosis 

Restorative Yoga and Weight Loss
Yoga and GABA 
Study Demonstrates Potential Risks of Hot (Bikram) Yoga 
Bonus Study!
Read with Discernment
"Two Scientific Journals Accepted a Study by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel," by Rachel Feltman at the Washington Post 
 

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Our intro and outro is "Namaste Nation" by The Householders. Listen to the whole thing on their Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thehouseholders

Citations 

Bjonnes, R. (2010, December 18). Is Yoga an Art, a Science, or a Religion? Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/is-yoga-an-art-a-science-or-a-religi… 

Caffrey, M. (2013, October 16). Health Benefits of Restorative Yoga Include Trimming Fat, NIH-Funded Study Finds. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/Health-Benefits-of-Restorative-Yoga-Include-Tr… 

Chu, P., Gotink, R., Yeh, G., Goldie, S., & Hunink, M. (2014, December 15). The effectiveness of yoga in modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://cpr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/12/02/2047487314562741  
 
Deans, E. (2013, May 15). Yoga (ba) GABA. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201303/yoga-ba… 

Feltman, R. (2014, December 8). Two Scientific Journals Accepted a Study by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/12/08/two-sc… 

Fishman, L., Groessl, E., & Sherman, K. (2014, September 1). Serial Case Reporting Yoga for Idiopathic and Degenerative Scoliosis. Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Vol. 3, No. 5 (GAHM). Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.gahmj.com/doi/abs/10.7453/gahmj.2013.064?journalCode=gahmj&

Green, D. (2015, April 21). ACE Study Examines Effects of Bikram Yoga on Core Body Temps. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/expert-insight-article/47/5384/ace-study-…  

Heagberg, K. (2015, February 13). New Study Highlights Yoga’s Cardiovascular Benefits. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from https://yogainternational.com/article/view/new-study-highlights-yogas-cardi… 

Nereng, A., Porcari, J., Camic, C., Gliette, C., & Foster, C. (n.d.). ACE-sponsored Study: Hot Yoga—Go Ahead and Turn Up the Heat. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.acefitness.org/prosourcearticle/3353/ace-sponsored-study-hot-yog…   

New Study Finds Bikram Yoga Poses Potential Threat of Causing Heat-Related Illness. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://yogadork.com/2015/04/23/new-study-finds-bikram-yoga-poses-potential-…  

Reddy, S. (2015, January 26). Breathing for Your Better Health. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/breathing-for-your-better-health-1422311283 

Remski, M. (2014, March 29). 20 Suggestions for Doing Yoga Philosophy Today. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/20-suggestions-for-doing-yoga-philosophy…  

Restorative Yoga Helps Weight Loss, New Study Suggests. (n.d.). Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://yogadork.com/2014/01/15/restorative-yoga-helps-weight-loss-new-study… 

Searing, L. (2014, December 23). Yoga Helps Protect Your Heart As Much As Jogging, Biking and Other Aerobic Exercising. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/yoga-practitioners-an… 

Streeter, C., Whitfield, T., Owen, L., Rein, T., Karri, S., Yakhkind, A., . . . Jensen, J. (n.d.). Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels: A Randomized Controlled MRS Study. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3111147/    

Streeter, C., Jensen, J., Perlmutter, R., Cabral, H., Tian, H., Terhune, D., . . . Renshaw, P. (2007, May 1). Yoga Asana Sessions Increase Brain GABA Levels: A Pilot Study. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17532734  

Wilson, A. (2012, August 30). Why Yoga Works, from Thrive: The Kripalu Blog. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://kripalu.org/blog/thrive/2012/08/30/why-yoga-works/  

Wilson, T., Reinhard, D., Westgate, E., Gilbert, D., Ellerbeck, N., Hahn, C., . . . Shaked, A. (2014, July 1). Just Think: The Challenges of the Disengaged Mind. Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6192/75 

Yoga May Help Protect Against Heart Disease. (2014, December 16). Retrieved June 16, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2014-12-16…  

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