The ancient practice of yoga that originated in India thousands of years ago is becoming increasingly popular today. Many people understand yoga to be a series of physical poses that promote flexibility. But practitioners of the ancient art know that yoga also builds muscle strength and tone, and improves posture, alignment, blood circulation, breathing and joint health. And the benefits go beyond the physical workout. The mind-body approach of yoga incorporates breathing and meditation techniques which can help relieve stress, improve attention and calm the mind.
Now, new research shows that older adults who regularly participated in a yoga and meditation practice demonstrated enhanced memory skills, improved mood and reduced anxiety. The study found that regular yoga practice can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment in older adults. The study’s findings have led the researchers to support yoga and meditation as a strategy for improving memory and protecting against cognitive decline, which could be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Learn more about the study and its findings at Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/310148.php