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The Yoga Genome Project has been launched by the Yoga Care Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit yoga research organization based in Austin, TX, as part of our bigger vision to have yoga recognized as a potent holistic healing modality. Our goals are to:

  • characterize the different styles of modern yoga practice.
  • educate physicians and other health care professionals so that they can advocate yoga as an effective healing modality.
  • help health care professionals prescribe an appropriate style of yoga for their patients based on factors such as physical intensity experienced in a yoga class, meditative stress relief and social interaction.

What do we mean by the ‘Yoga Genome’?

Although we know yoga to be much more than the sum of its parts, we can make yoga more accessible to other people by describing those parts – that is, how much time in a yoga class is spent in asana, focusing the breath, quietly meditating, chanting, guiding attention, letting go or exerting discipline, learning philosophy, and being in community. Like the nucleotides that make up our DNA, the ‘Yoga Genome’ refers to these component practices.

Collaborate with us in an innovative, community-powered approach to yoga research! The survey will be live here in September.

Doctors can’t prescribe until yogis describe.