NIH Twitter Chat Video on Yoga Science

In a move that may clarify some of the popular
misconceptions and facts on yoga’s scientific evidence base, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative
(NCCAM) at the National Institutes
of Health
(NIH) will host a Twitter
chat to discuss yoga’s latest scientific findings
. It will be held on
Tuesday, Aug 21 at 1 p.m. EST. To participate, use hashtag #nccamchat, or follow at @NCCAM. Dr. Karen Sherman, senior
scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute, and Yasmin Kloth,
NCCAM staff member, will facilitate the discussion.

What’s the occasion? Yoga is the featured topic of the month
at NCCAM, which funds scientific studies on yoga’s benefits and overall impact
on health. On August 1st NCCAM
released at 15-minute video
featuring yoga from a scientific perspective.
This is a great resource, which likely summarizes some of the topics that may
come up in the Twitter chat if you
aren’t able to join, including:

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-A look at
innovative technology that examines how older people use their muscles and
joints in certain yoga postures. (George Salem, Ph.D., University
of Southern California)

-An overview
of a rigorously designed study that shows yoga may benefit people with
chronic low back pain, a common and difficult-to-treat problem. (Karen
Sherman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Group Health Research Institute)

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“dos and don’ts” for consumers who are thinking about
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teaser from the video and the chat:
While a growing body of evidence
suggests yoga may be effective in treating low back pain, yoga has not been found helpful for asthma symptoms, and the research on yoga for arthritis has
yielded mixed results. Among people with high blood pressure, glaucoma,
sciatica, and pregnancy, modification or avoidance of some yoga poses may be


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