Research Findings

One of the largest yoga research trials – robust and rigorous with multiple published papers – University of York (York Trials Unit, Department of Health Sciences) / Arthritis Research UK / Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) programme

We helped take yoga research ‘up a level’.  Since the original research, we continue to evaluate and assess the performance of the programme and outcomes generally show improvements comparative to the original trial findings.


Our Research – 5 Published Papers

Our University of York / Arthritis Research UK rigorous randomized control trial concerning The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs programme 5 published papers = Protocol, Pilot, Efficacy/Effectiveness Results, Economic Evaluation / Cost-Effectiveness, Compliance Results).

100s of Citations

It has been cited in well over 250 other research papers.

Reviews Mentioning our Research

Our YHLB / University of York / Arthritis Research UK randomised control trial contributed significantly to the body of ‘yoga for improving back pain’ research.  Therefore the ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ (H. Tilbrook et al and LH Chuang et al) published papers and findings all feature strongly in multiple Systematic Reviews and Meta Analysis published papers.  Here are a few –

Cochrane Review on Yoga and Low Back Pain (2017)

NICE Guidelines on Managing Low Back Pain with or without Sciatica (2016)

‘Yoga for functional ability, pain and psychosocial outcomes in musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis’Ward L1, Stebbings S, Cherkin D, Baxter GD. Musculoskeletal Care. 2013 Dec; 11(4):203-17.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of yoga for low back pain.’  Cramer H1, Lauche R, Haller H, Dobos G.  Clin J Pain. 2013 May; 29(5):450-60.;

Yoga as a Treatment for Low Back Pain: A Review of the Literature.’  Erik J. Groessl Marisa Sklar and Douglas Chang.  Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: New Evidence in 2011’. Groessl EJ 2012.  J Yoga Phys Therapy 2:e108. (

Click here for a list of  Research Evidence for Specialised Yoga for Chronic lbp Oct2014

Yoga Research, Powerpoints, Outcome Evaluations & Case Studies – 

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