mastering anxiety & stress research pilot study: 2010 - 2012
During the summer of 2010, the yoga center conducted it's first research pilot study called "Mastering Anxiety and Stress." The pilot study was an eight week class designed for people who had little or no experience with yoga. Many of the participants suffered from stress as well as anxiety, panic, and mood disorders. Over the course of eight weeks, participants practiced many kinds of pranayama, kriyas, and meditation. Additionally, participant experiences were documented on the pilot study Tumblr blog.
In 2011, we conducted follow up research related to the previous year's pilot. If you would like participate in future studies, please contact the center. You may also join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to hear about upcoming studies and research opportunities.
In 2012, the final leg of the study for anxiety and depression was completed. Please contact us for an abstract or more information.
Following the study's completion, data was statistically analyzed and the yoga protocol was found to be clinically significant in treating both depression and anxiety. We are thrilled to report that the pilot study had such impressive results that the data was used to support a grant application for a much larger study using similar protocols in Boston, MA. A training manual was recently produced and we are working on an article for submission to journals. When it is completed in the next few months, the report will be available on our website. Data was reviewed with the Research Director, Sat Bir Khalsa, from the Kundalini Research Institute. His support helped to connect the project to the work at the Guru Ram Das Center in Espanola, New Mexico, a long standing Kundalini Yoga Center directed by Shanti Shanti Kaur.