Want To Avoid Memory Loss? Study Says Doing Yoga Can Help
A new study says that Yoga can be the new way in which you can tackle memory loss and alter the structure of your brain.
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"Like any contemplative practice, yoga has a cognitive in which attention and concentration are important," said Kozasa. Previous studies have suggested that yoga can have greater health benefits than similar aerobic exercises, and yoga practitioners have shown improved awareness, attention and memory.
Older adults with mild cognitive impairment have also shown improvements after a short yoga training programme. The team wanted to see if elderly long-term yoga practitioners had any differences in terms of brain structure compared with healthy elderly people who had never practiced yoga. They recruited 21 female yoga practitioners (also known as yoginis) who had practiced yoga at least twice a week for a minimum of 8 years, although the group had an average of nearly 15 years of yoga practice. The researchers compared the yoginis with another group of 21 healthy women, who had never practiced yoga, meditation or any other contemplative practices, but who were well- matched to the yoginis in terms of their age (all the participants were 60 or over) and levels of physical activity.
They scanned the participants' brains using magnetic resonance imaging to see if there were any differences in brain structure. "We found greater thickness in the left prefrontal cortex in the yoginis, in brain regions associated with cognitive functions such as attention and memory," said Rui Afonso, a researcher involved in the study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. The results suggest that practicing yoga in the long-term can change the structure of your brain and could protect against cognitive decline in old age.