ABOUT

Yoga has a huge potential as a treatment option within the health sector. There exist countless of stories and articles about the health benefits from this wholistic approach to life philosophy and physical well being. Unfortunately most of the information shared today is based upon individual and subjective stories. This can indeed be valuable knowledge, but it is not sufficient evidence in the medical arena. It is the duty of doctors to suggest treatment options that are based upon proven effects.

The aim of Yoga Science is to provide articles based upon objective science, such as randomized clinical trials. This will hopefully contribute to increased knowledge and clarify some myths about yoga. “Yoga prescription” may prove to be effective treatment in some areas, whilst the opposite is just as valuable knowledge. Yoga may also have a role in preventing adverse health outcomes. If you have a topic of interest, please let us know and we’ll do our best to expand the research.

INSPIRATION

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This section offers shorter, motivational articles, reviews, shared videos and blogs etc. Get inspired for your own practice!

THE SCIENCE

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In this section you’ll find evidence-based articles about yoga and health. We will strive to give a true picture of the link between yoga and health.

PRACTICE

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Whilst articles provide motivation, it is the practice that counts. Check out our yoga classes, private lessons, anatomy courses, corporate yoga and more.

THE TEAM

Tiril Elstad

Tiril Elstad

Founder

Hi. My name is Tiril, and Yoga Science is my mission. I went to my first yoga class 8 years ago, and have slowly become more immersed into this powerful physical and mental practice. Today I am a yoga teacher, researcher and medicine student. I believe that yoga has a huge potential within the health sector, however, not in all cases. Hence, I am eager to learn more about the link between yoga and health through research, practice and studies.

Madiha

Madiha

Intern and Project Coordinator

Hi! My name is Madiha and I am an intern and project coordinator at the Yoga Science project. I study psychology at the University of Oslo and find health and well-being to be some of the most important aspects of day-to-day life. Finding support for effective strategies to prevent negative health outcomes means having the ability to offer scientifically supported treatments to people who need them. By joining the Yoga Science project, I can contribute to helping people while learning more about scientific methods.

Sandra Klonteig

Sandra Klonteig

Researcher

Hi! My name is Sandra and I am a graduated psychology student. As a co-author, my core responsibilities regard research, literature review and data processing of results. My workload focuses mainly on yoga, students, distress, and mental health. After working in the clinical field of psychology, my interest for alternative treatment methods have grown. The Yoga Science Project have further developed my attention for yoga and its influence on healthy and clinical populations. Through our team, I hope we can provide the public and institutions with essential scientific knowledge about the effect of Yoga.

Suki

Suki

Hi, my name is Suki and I am a research assistant. I am passionate about yoga and health science. I´ve earned a bachelor´s degree in nutrition, because I am interested in nutrients and their impact of the human body. Currently I am studying for a master´s degree in interdisciplinary health science at The University of Oslo. My passion for yoga started nearly 2 years ago after achieving Les Mills instructor certification in Bodybalance. Yoga help me to access an inner strength that allows me to face challenges of everday life. Based on my experience I also believe in the power of yoga on health benefits. By being a part of the team I want to make a difference by bringing scientific knowledge about yoga into people´s life.

Ida

Ida

Hi, my name is Ida. I am a clinical psychology student working on a systematic review of the effect of yoga on well-being. I came across yoga when I was doing volunteer work in India five years ago, and three years later I went back and did a yoga teacher training in an ashram in rural India. I am very interested in the mind-body connection and how yoga can be used as a therapeutic tool for physical and mental health issues, and that is why I am so glad to be part of the yoga science project.