THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Yoga’s role continues to advance in the Western world of wellness and preventive medicine. Now, unpublished results from a 9-week study of students in LMU’s Yoga and the Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program adds even more credibility to Yoga’s effectiveness in long-term health maintenance. The study was performed privately in 2010 by Eden Goldman, D.C. and Terra Gold, L.Ac., of the Yoga Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University in cooperation with Garrett Thompson, D.C., Ph.D., of Southern California University of Health Sciences and a team of sports medicine physicians led by Evan Brady, D.C., L.Ac. It focused on 15 physically fit Yoga students training to be teachers and tracked their progress in a variety of functional examinations, standardized exercises and fitness markers that have been clinically proven to predict future debilitating health problems and diseases. (There was no control group.) The results revealed that participants had numerical improvements in 19 of the 20 categories tested including, but not limited to: weight loss, muscle mass increases, decreased body fat composition, lowered body mass index, greater core and low back muscle endurance, improved balance scores and, obviously, increased ranges of motion. It is Yoga after all!
In the light of these encouraging findings, funding and research is needed to examine Yoga teacher training programs as a viable resource to jump start personal wellness plans since they promote balanced physical fitness gains and education on healthy lifestyle habits.
LMU TT Study Group Averages
Average Age: 38.7
Gender Breakdown: 12 Females, 3 Males (Optional: Some TTs chose not to participate)
Body Fat Percentage: Decreased by 6.95%
Individual Ranges of Motion: Increased by 5.06% on Average in Each Direction
Visceral Fat Rating: Decreased by 4.72%
Core Muscle Endurance: Increased by 7.70%
Lower Back Muscle Endurance: Increased by 18.57%
Balance Scores: Increased by 37.17%
Weight, Muscle Mass, Basal Metabolic Rate, Total Body Water % and Body Mass Index: Improved by Fewer Than 4% Each