We’ve got good news!
Your weekly yoga routine may have more benefits than centering your chi, increasing flexibility, and relieving stress after a long day of work.
A study published in April 2016 by the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, researched the ability of yoga to alter people’s brains and fortify their ability to think. And, the results are quite interesting...
In the study, over a twelve-week period, researchers compared two groups of middle-aged and older adults from the LA area.
The first group took a one-hour well-established brain training class once a week and then practiced mental exercises at home once a day for 15 minutes.
The second group attended a one-hour yoga class once a week and then meditated at home once a day for 15 minutes. The type of yoga they practiced was Kundalini. Kundalini yoga includes breathing exercises, meditation, and poses. It's perfect for people who are just getting started or have limited movement as it does not require as much physical exertion.
The results you ask?
Well, after testing both groups after the 12-week trial, the yoga and meditation had equaled and then topped the results of the brain training.
So, there you have it. Yoga may very well make a difference if your memory. Just one more reason you should continue your yoga practice well into your 80’s!
Has yoga positively impacted your memory? Let us know if the comments.
For more details on this study, read more on why Yoga May be Good for the Brain