Yoga & Mental Decline: Why Yoga May Be Good for Your Brain by Nicole DeAvilla
Do you ever worry that forgetting names or losing your car keys may be a sign that your brain isn’t functioning so well? A certain amount of forgetfulness with age is normal. With dementia on the rise it is good to know that there are actions we can take to prevent or lessen cognitive declines.
Researchers at UCLA wanted to learn how to reverse or slow down cognitive decline in middle age and older people. They looked at combining movement with mediation, and were surprised to find that a yoga and meditation practice far exceeded the brain benefits compared to a well-established brain-training program. Both groups performed better on most tests, however, only the yoga group showed improvements in mood and visuospatial memory, which helps in preventing falls and other navigation functions. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
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