Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being—Full Video

Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being—Full Video

The following video is intended to be an educational tool about the science of yoga. The video features information on what changes occur in the body during yoga, the safety of the practice of yoga, and what the research says about whether it can help treat certain health problems. This is the second installment in NCCAM’s The Science of Mind and Body Therapies video series.


  1. yoga is for relaxation and connection with the divine so what the hell is that stupid bitxh doing acting as if shes in the fuxking military so annoying!

  2. Interesting that they noted little results for asthma which is why I do yoga. Personally I have had excellent results controlling my asthma using yoga. I wonder what poses and yoga methods they were using to arrive at those results?

  3. No mention of chiropractic for low back pain? My experience has been that there is a synergistic effect when chiropractic and yoga are both employed. Yoga is marginally effective in removing fixations. But it provides the needed core muscle strengthening that is recommended by most doctors of chiropractic, and other health care professionals. When fixations exist, progress from yoga pactice is limited or hindered.

  4. Almost exactly one year ago today I was referred by my GP for Spinal Fusion surgery for serious bulges and herniation at L4/5. I decided i needed to investigate alternatives to losing a useful part of my body. To cut a long story short, my chiro diagnosed leg length discrepancy, a radically unstable pelvis, a displaced rib cage and one shoulder 3cms below the other. In short i was a crock and heading downhill real fast. As well as helping through small corrections, my chiro handed me voucher for yoga, looked me in the eye and said "do it". One year later I’m pain free. My body is almost nearly straight. I have gone back to sports that I thought i had "lost" – endurance cycling etc. I go to Yoga 3-4 times a week. I find peace. But I also find a way of building the core strength and stability you need to fight back against structural imbalances. My chiro was right, and i was blessed to find him "Do it" – Namaste.

  5. As with all experimental designs, uncontrolled variables could account for misleading results. I am a very scientifically oriented person and educated as an undergrad graduating with my biology/neurobiology degree soon. But on the other hand, I have a carefree side that understands that yoga is largely a creative, personal, and spiritual practice–even more so than it is just a series of movements that exert certain forces on the joints and skeletomuscular system. In this way, it is important to control the environment of study as well, which from the video it seems you have not. Most people do not practice yoga in a fluorescently lit, carpeted, room with a personal instructor adjusting their movements, or 5 inches away from their yoga instructor as in the beginning of this video. Instead people usually practice yoga in a dimly-lit yoga studio, with relaxing music, surrounded by the "energy" of people around them. The instructor will not only instruct breathing rituals, but encourage relaxation by asking their students to try to immerse themselves into the practice by connecting with themselves and letting go of the tension they might feel from their surroundings. They will also usually give students a variety of options to personalize movements that they feel the most comfortable with. In this way I think studying yoga should be approached by its effects on the mind just as much as it should be approached by its purely physical effects.  I hypothesize that a majority of the positive effects of yoga are due to its effects on the hormonal and neurotransmitter system. In other words, it is due to being able to truly relax by subduing the catastrophic effect of stress on the body. This in conjunction with the flow of exercise movements may be able to heal a damaged body.

  6. I came to this video after watching a lot of videos on how Yoga is evil! 😀 😛 Some even gave wikipedia reference. Lol

  7. If you just did a warrior pose, you would realize that it’s targeting your inner thigh muscles! lol It isn’t one of the balance asanas!

  8. Классное видео! мне понравилось, молодец!) Вообще уважаю труд тех кто делает видео, и ведет свои каналы. Я сама веду канал и знаю, как это непросто – записывать ролики.
    Не останавливайся, продолжай!

  9. How am I supposed to take anything the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says seriously when we know that there is no such thing as alternative medicine? There are compounds that work, and there are compounds that don’t work. Compounds that work that work we call medicine, and compounds that don’t work we call snake oil.

  10. I think that this is an awesome service the NIH provides to the public. This was an amazing study. I appreciate the intense scientific research that was done in order to prove the effectiveness of yoga. I also wanted to say that I love the NCCAM section of the NIH.

    Thanks for putting this out there for all of us…

  11. THANK YOU! I appreciate the Yoga educational science toward understanding. To examine each pose and define the truth. As a Lumbar Fascia Practitioner, I would like the bio-science of YOGA fascia movement, release, to be studied and documented. Dr. Robert Schleip, a leading Fascia Researcher/Rolfer, has done some bio-science research at ULM University utilizing special Ultrasound lab to record his findings. Equally as important, is Lx Fascia based Bio-mechanics found at @SelfDecompress #SelfDecompress . The Mind & Body CAM is the only way to abolish cLBP 24/7.
    Look forward to more fantastic findings from you.

  12. For what it’s worth, I can say as someone who has suffered from major depression & anxiety for twenty years, daily yoga practice has absolutely change my life. My doctor has withdrawn me from antidepressant medications and I now live a normal life. The effort required is constant, and requires dietary modifications as well, but the benefits have far exceeded pharmacotherapy in my case. Your mileage may vary, but if you suffer from depression or anxiety a regular yoga practice is definitely worth trying.

  13. Ok, I give up…I’ve browsed so many times in search for a video that….you know..has fancy effects with colours and zoomed yoga pants and some buddha statue…you know, the good side of the new age bullshit….and simultaneously be thoroughly informed of how yoga effects your physical body through the cultivation of kundalini and which chakra does what(to what organ etc. etc)….but surprisingly, in 2015. you can only find some shirtless hippies with dijeridoos and…surfing n shit…or these old geeks….so I reluctantly chose the old geeks…I guess I have to say – good video:D

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