This article is based on the “Open House Discussion on Yoga Research: Strength, weakness, opportunities, and threat (SWOT) analysis” that was organized during the international seminar cum workshop conducted by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), an innovative center of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), on “Wholistic Approach of Yoga Therapy in Health and Disease” as part of the International Health Research Convention 2019 organized by SBV in July 2019.
In this article, we have discussed various factors and dimensions of strength, weakness, opportunities, and threats (challenges or risks) in yoga research especially in the Indian context based on the open house discussion. We have also discussed the ways that could be adopted to improve the standard of yoga research to provide more reliable, authentic, and validated data to evidence-based research. Yoga therapy is a newly emerging field; hence, it is important to analyze the inherent strengths that make research in this field useful for a large section of society as well as the weaknesses that may hinder the quality research in yoga therapy. It is also important to find out possible opportunities that can enhance or boost the work done in this field and know the threats that can retard or hamper quality research.
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