The article 7 Scientific Examples of When Yoga Is the Best Medicine by Dr. Lawrence Rosen lists the populations who seem to benefit from yoga practice, citing current research emerging from mindfulness and yoga studies. Among the groups listed were adults with cancer, children with autism, veterans and victims of abuse with PTSD, and older adults with cognitive impairments. It is so inspiring to know fellow Yoga Therapists in many of these fields. I am humbled by their service in Yoga Therapy.
I am especially excited about the research on-going on yoga's effects on children with autism. I look forward to the day when studies have examined yoga's benefits on children with a variety of special needs, on people with mental illness, and really... just about everyone. We are moving in the right direction but if we want good research, it has to be a slow process. Here's to more understanding and awareness of yoga's benefits!
Erin Haddock is the director of Five Keys Yoga, LLC.