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The list of articles below provides an overview of the scientific research on yoga's effect on self-regulation and stress, as well as a variety of popular press articles. While we have provided summaries of these resources on our site, these articles detail research studies that provide further insight into how yoga impacts the body and brain.

Scientific Journals

The Impact of Yoga on Self-Regulation and Stress

Meditation has an impact on the structure of the brain. This article explains these impacts by analyzing 21 neuroscience studies.

This article examines the links between mindful yoga and self-regulation. It proposes a model to explain how mindful yoga affects self-regulatory skills.

"Contemplative practices" include yoga and mindfulness exercises. This article explains how contemplative practices impact the development of self-regulation skills in children and adolescents.

This study examined the effect of yoga on breathing. The researchers implemented yoga for "disruptive" young boys and found a stabilizing effect on their breathing patterns.

Yoga has an impact on the stress-response systems in the body and brain. This article explains a study to examine this impact in older adults.

Yoga Interventions in Schools

This article analyzes multiple studies of mindful yoga programs in schools. The analysis found impacts on social and emotional skills and cognitive skills.

The researchers compare existing school-based mindful yoga programs to determine which are most effective and make recommendations for schools and teachers. 

Mindful yoga is effective at promoting physical and psychological health in young children. This article makes connections between mindful yoga and prosocial behaviors.

Mindful yoga fosters children's positive social and emotional development. This article proposes a model to explain these effects.

Children in low-income urban schools typically face higher levels of stress than students in more affluent communities. This study examines the feasibility of implementing a yoga program in urban schools.

Yoga is beneficial to all age groups. This study examined a program called "Learning to BREATHE" and assessed its effectiveness for adolescents.

This mindfulness study examined adolescents and their parents. The study indicates that this type of intervention must be consistent and sustained in order to have benefits.

The researchers designed a program for preschool students to promote self-regulation. They found strong self-regulation benefits for students at this age after participation in mindful yoga.

This article provides an explanation of "Toxic Stress" and its negative effects on the body and brain. While not directly related to mindful yoga, it clarifies theories on stress.

Popular Press

Forbes examines the impacts of yoga on children's attention, self-regulation, and social-emotional development.

Some groups protest the spiritual aspects of yoga and disapprove of its inclusion in classrooms. This article explains how schools can avoid this issue by emphasizing the physical and mental aspects of yoga, not the spiritual aspects.

Dr. Marlynn Wei provides an overview of the research and concrete suggestions for how to incorporate yoga into the classroom.

Yoga has benefits for all members of the classroom, including teachers. Education Week explains how yoga can help prevent teacher burnout.

This article offers concrete suggestions for how to incorporate yoga into your classroom.