Study shows that Yoga helps prevent memory loss17th August 2017
Brazilian researchers found that pensioners who practiced yoga had a thicker pre-frontal cortex than those who did not. According to the same findings, yoga also has benefits on attention span.
The study analysed 42 women over the age of 60, half of which had practiced yoga for more than 15 years.
The author of the study, Elisa Kozasa, said: “The yoga group presented a greater cortical thickness in brain regions involved in executive functions such as attention”.
She suggested that because yoga keeps the brain active, it benefits memory.
A previous study in Australia found similar results, showing that stretching and meditation worked better at preventing dementia than by doing brain training games.
How to find a yoga class near you
Whilst this study focused on the long term impacts of a yoga class, yoga can still have many physical and psychological benefits in the shorter term.
A regular yoga session is great for strength and flexibility. It is particularly effective for seniors and the gentle nature of the exercise means it's a great way to loosen up the body. This will help day to day tasks get easier.
Finding a yoga class is easy. Regardless of age, gender or size, their will be a yoga class near you that is suitable. To find a qualified yoga teacher in your area, simply enter your location into our search.
Alternatively, if you are using an iPhone, download the NearYou App to see what's on in your local area.
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