Research on Niroga Programs

Niroga Youth Programs

Independent researchers in educational psychology, neurobiology, social welfare and youth development are investigating the effects of  Niroga's Dynamic Mindfulness programs including Transformative Life/Leadership Skills (TLS) on vulnerable youth. This research is led by Niroga Institute Research Director Jennifer Frank, PhD, who is Assistant Professor of Special Education and School Psychology and Research Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University Prevention Research Center (PRC). Read about Dr. Frank and her work with Niroga.

Findings and implications of independent research reports are compelling. For example, Dr. Frank's report on a randomized control trial of in-class TLS in a challenging urban school; the findings and implications are compelling, and span three interconnected domains of social function: education, mental health and violence prevention. Summary of what researchers have found: "Students showed lower levels of perceived stress and greater levels of self-control, school engagement, emotional awareness, distress tolerance and altered attitude towards violence."

Similarly, Rebecca Matthew found that TLS lowers stress and increases self-control in youth detained in a Juvenile Hall, as well as in students in a large inner-city high school. These results have far-reaching prevention policy implications in education, violence prevention and behavioral health, as evidence of an inductive connection is established by related research such as that from Martin Seligman and his team at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, showing that self-control predicts academic achievement (PDF 101kb). June Tangney and her colleagues at George Mason University and Case Western Reserve University have shown that high self-control predicts good adjustment, less pathology, better grades, and interpersonal success (PDF 240kb).

Yoga Therapy

Niroga is also investigating the applications of Yoga Therapy for prevention and intervention of many common chronic conditions.

Kaiser Permanente Division of Research completed a study of our Healing Yoga protocol on heart failure patients. Furthermore, Niroga Institute is independently engaged in single-subject studies on several common chronic conditions such as arthritis, asthma, back pain, depression, diabetes, insomnia, osteoporosis, and more.

In conjunction with other research organizations, we would like to explore:

  1. Evidence Base: Is Yoga and Dynamic Mindfulness effective for prevention and treatment of common chronic conditions, and for special patient populations?
  2. Underlying Mechanisms: If Yoga and Dynamic Mindfulness is effective, how and why is it effective? (neuroscience, trauma research, somatic psychology, etc.)
  3. Social Impact: What is the impact of Yoga/TLS in major domains of social function, including education, health care, violence prevention, and more.