CAMBRIDGE, U.K. – A large new study done by scientists at Cambridge University prove that yoga helps lower back pain but causes mental illness.

The largest study ever done about the benefits of yoga examined over 5,800 people who did yoga regularly over a two-year period.  It concluded that yoga is extremely effective at relieving lower back pain, but yoga caused mental deficiencies in 80% of those studied and some kind of mental illness in over 72% of participants.

The study, funded by the British Institute of Health in collaboration with the U.S. National Institute of Health was published on Monday.

Smaller studies in the past have suggested that yoga, which involves stretching exercises along with a mental component of deep breathing and other relaxation techniques, was moderately effective at easing symptoms of chronic lower back pain and that people felt more “at peace.”

For years yoga experts (gurus) have claimed that yoga relieves stress, but while some people in the study did report less stress when doing yoga they felt more stress when they missed a yoga class.

“We were all surprised to learn that yoga had such a detrimental effect on a person’s mental health, and shocked to learn that it lowers IQ and causes the onset of dementia,” said Professor Karen Engelbert from the Cambridge University.

Look at this man.  He was a successful investment banker in London, but gave it all up to do this three hours a day:

The benefits of yoga are attributable to the physical benefits of stretching and the “good feeling” people get when stretching and manipulating their bodies in a hot room with other people.  “Yoga does have many benefits for the body – even aerobically – but if you do it too much, many people lose interest in other aspects of their lives and tend to have trouble concentrating and doing simple tasks like tying their shoelaces,” said Engelbert.

The study found that many people who do yoga wind up walking around with a purple (or blue) mat even when they are not going to a yoga class.  It found that  yoga is “addictive” and recommends that a Yoga Anonymous (YA) be started in the United States so people who do yoga obsessively can get treatment, before they completely lose all their mental faculties.

Yoga affects women and men in the same way, but women do more yoga then men.  Of the 5,800 people in the study, 69% of those who went to yoga class regularly were women.   It did not matter if the people went to a yoga class or did yoga at home – the results were the same. Dementia.

People that participated in the study were also five times more likely to be on anti-depressants, anti-psychotic medicine and marijuana.  They were also more likely to own scented candles.

The bottom line:   yoga is good for the back, bad for the brain.


  1. Some of my friends are doing Yoga everyday to release their stress from works. They also recommended me do so. It is the first time to know if people do Yoga too much, they will be effected negatively. I should let me friends know about it.

  2. You can't be serious. Just by physiology alone, it is proven in medical journals, and by using common sense that improving your ability to increase oxygen levels to your brain and throughout your body will increase your mental capacity, not take away from it. Ludicrous.

  3. Yoga is a good sport for women who are under pressure. I have two friends, one recommended yoga to me because it released pressure for her. But another friend told me it is not so good as she has normally no stress. So it depends on which person does it.

  4. Yoga cures mental illness…not causes it. Yoga is about Oneness, Love and Compassion….anyone lacking in these is crazy…yoga shows the way to higher states of awareness where all living being are interconnected and part of the One Consciousness that pervades ALL.

  5. Yoga teaches to love your body, if that is known as being addicted and lowering IQ that I guess the person who conducted the survey was demented

  6. What a load of old garbage! I've never heard so much rubbish in my life. Why is it that when there is anything good in life, someone or some group of so called Einsteins want to promote entire waves of negativity. I don't buy it!

  7. The benefits of yoga are attributable to the physical benefits of stretching and the “good feeling” people get when stretching and manipulating their bodies in a hot room with other people.

  8. Buy it is a good choice of words. The government (organized crime) loses money from people who practice yoga not having to buy expensive meds.

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