Yoga may be effective in the reduction of PTSD symptomology. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a Kundalini Yoga (KY) treatment on PTSD symptoms and overall wellbeing. To supplement the current field of inquiry, a pilot randomized control trial (RCT) was conducted comparing an 8-session KY intervention with a waitlist control group. 80 individuals with current PTSD symptoms participated. Both groups demonstrated changes in PTSD symptomology but yoga participants showed greater changes in measures of sleep, positive affect, perceived stress, anxiety, stress, and resilience. Between-groups effect sizes were small to moderate (0.09–0.25). KY may be an adjunctive or alternative intervention for PTSD. Findings indicate the need for further yoga research to better understand the mechanism of yoga in relation to mental and physical health, gender and ethnic comparisons, and short- and long-term yoga practice for psychiatric conditions.


  • Language: English
  • Target / Subjects: 80 adults (9 males, 71 females) with current PTSD symptoms
  • Author: Farah Jindani, Nigel Turner, Sat Bir S. Khalsa
  • Date Published / Reference: Hindawi Publishing Corporation Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2015, Article ID 351746, 8 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/351746
  • Covered Diseases: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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Categories: Kundalini Yoga Research
Tags: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD
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