Another day, another study showing the amazing health benefits of yoga. A team of neuroscientists at UCLA have put yoga to the test looking at the effect of a 12 week yoga course on a group of 25 participants aged over 55. They found that the course helped to minimise the emotional and cognitive problems that often precede both Alzeimer’s disease and other related forms of dementia. The findings were simply amazing – yoga has now become the new gold standard for managing mild cognitive impairment showing stronger results than the memory enhancement exercises which have previously been recommended.
The yoga group took a one-hour yoga class each week and practiced 20 Kirtan Kriya meditations at home for 20 minutes per day (more on these in our next blog entry). Kirtan Kriya has been practiced for hundreds of years in India as a way to prevent cognitive decline.
The results – both groups had similar improvements in verbal memory skills, however those who had practiced yoga had significantly larger improvements in visual-spatial memory skills, and a greater reduction in depression and anxiety. They also had improved coping skills and resilience to stress – important factors when dealing with memory loss which has been shown to cause anxiety.
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