August 31, 2014

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1 Practicing Hatha Yoga Aids Brain Function

A new study indicates that engaging in hatha yoga just three days a week can improve cognitive brain function, especially in older adults. Wayne State University researchers divided over 100 volunteers ages 55 to 79 into two groups, one of which attended hatha yoga classes and the other stretching and toning classes, three times weekly each, for eight weeks. At the study's conclusion, the yoga group exhibited improved neurological functions in such areas as mental flexibility, task-switching, and information recall, while the stretchers and toners experienced no such improvements. The study leader concluded that because "Hatha yoga requires focused effort," one result of practicing it could be "an improved ability to sustain attention," thus enhancing cognitive performance.

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Tags: Yoga and Cognition, Yoga and Brain Function, Benefits of Hatha Yoga, Hatha Yoga Improves Mental Skills

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