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01-30-13, 06:23 PM
Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders (
Results: Grade B evidence supporting a potential acute benefit for yoga exists in depression (four Randomized Controlled Trials), as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy in schizophrenia (three RCTs), in children with ADHD (two RCTs), and Grade C evidence in sleep complaints (three RCTs).

I'm glad DD has started doing SuperBrain Yoga daily and a Hatha Yoga class for kids weekly. The printout version in Time Magazine is at
Yoga and the Mind: Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Major Psychiatric Disorders? (

01-30-13, 07:31 PM
What does grade B evidence mean?

01-31-13, 12:07 AM
Reading the full report ( ownloadFile.ashx%3Fpdf%3D1%26FileId%3D1577%26artic leId%3D36135%26Version%3D1%26ContentTypeId%3D21%26 FileName%3Dfpsyt-03-00117.pdf&ei=s-gJUbP_DaaHywGY6oHwDw&usg=AFQjCNH6dZks1obfgsyqzR7jj0w-dY3r_Q&bvm=bv.41642243,d.aWc),
A = recommended
B = suggested (assessment supported by sparse high grade data)
C = may be considered.

It seems that there has not been enough high quality studies yet of any disorder to have Grade A evidence. The two RCTs examining yoga in ADHD have demonstrated moderate-large effect sizes.

01-31-13, 01:21 AM
It sounds like very general and very preliminary study - but sounds good.

One important note (which is hopefully covered in the full report) is that different yoga practices & teachers can be very different from each other, to the extent that one might say they are not the same thing.