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Research on Yoga and PTSD

The PILOTS Database
PILOTS stands for the Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress. This database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, PILOTS does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations.

PILOTS is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. There is no charge for using the database, and no account or password is required. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans.


Research on the effects of yoga and meditation on PTSD and stress

The Safety of Yoga: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
American Journal of Epidemiology, 2015

Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2012

Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research on PTSD
Annals New York Academy of Science, June 2006

Effects of Yoga on Depression and Anxiety of Women
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, June 2009

Effects of a Yoga Breath Intervention Alone and in Combination with an Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Depression in Durvivors of the 2004 South-East Asia Tsunami
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2009

Mindfulness Practice Leads to Increases in Regional Gray Matter Density
Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, January 2011

A Randomised Comparative Trial of Yoga and Relaxation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, June 2007

Stress, Inflammation and Yoga Practice
Psychosom Med: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, February 2010

Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for PTSD in Latina Women
Pacific University, July 2010

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Harvard Mental Health Newsletter, April 2009

Transforming Trauma: A Qualitative Feasibility Study of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra on Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
International Journal of Yoga Therapy, December 2011 (Issue 21)

Yoga As Medicine – 75 Health Conditions that are benefited by Yoga – PDF for download.
By Dr. Timonthy McCall, Feb 2013 (Visit his website – )

Articles about research on meditation and yoga and its effect on stress or PTSD

Harvard, Brigham Study: Yoga Eases Veterans PTSD Symptoms, December 8, 2010

How Meditation May Change the Brain
New York Times, January 28, 2011

The Healing Effect of Yoga on PTSD
YOGA Chicago, March-April 2007

Yoga: an alternative therapy for wounded warriors with PTSD
Warrior Care Blog, DOD Office of Warrior Care Policy, January 19, 2012

Yoga Stress Relief For Soldiers
Huffington Post, Elaine Gavalas, May 17, 2012


Research Ongoing – Studies Not Completed

Efficacy of Yoga for Treatment Resistant PTSD
Sponsored by the Justice Resource Institute
with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as collaborator

Military Populations and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sponsored by the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Other Yoga Research
Yoga research at National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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