Ashtanga Yoga Research

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The benefits of yoga

The benefits of yoga are obvious to anyone who commits to the practice but the latest scientific research demonstrates how the practice can help you. Charlie regularly collaborates with researchers from the University of London to explore how science and yoga can be combined to offer you the best from your yoga practice.

Two of Charlie's recent pilot studies clearly demonstrate that practicing yoga for just one hour a week over an eight-week period has significant improvements on a practitioner’s physical and mental health.

In one pilot study Charlie gathered a sample group of complete beginners and taught them a yoga sequence once a week for 8 weeks. Each week students were guided through Sun Salutations, a variety of standing and seated poses and final relaxation.

After completing 8 weeks participants demonstrated significant improvements in:

  • upper body and core endurance

  • trunk and hamstring flexibility

  • shoulder flexibility

  • ankle-calf flexibility.

Participants also showed a reduction in total body fat percentage and suggested beneficial effects on subject’s mental wellbeing.

In a second pilot study, Charlie taught a group of amateur footballers a tailor made yoga practice developed to enhance the players’ capacities.

In each of the eight weekly sessions, the participants were guided through a practice of 21 yoga postures and some simple breathing and relaxation exercises. At the end of the study participants showed significant improvements in shoulder extension and flexion, hip flexion and hamstring flexibility. More interestingly, participants also demonstrated increased physical endurance, demonstrated by increased:

  • vertical jump height

  • standing balance time

  • number of sit ups possible

  • number of press ups possible

  • improved planking time.


For more information on either of these studies or to find out more about working with Charlie
to conduct research or for your own tailor made yoga practice please contact us.