Yoga boosts brain power


20130611-212701.jpg

Doing yoga for as little as 20 minutes may be able to boost your brain power

Subjects who participated in a single yoga session had better speed and accuracy scores on working memory and inhibitory control tests than after they tried an aerobic exercise session of the same length. These tests are indicative of a person’s ability to maintain focus, as well as absorb and remember new information, and aerobic exercises had previously been shown to boost scores in those areas.

“Yoga is an ancient Indian science and way of life that includes not only physical movements and postures but also regulated breathing and meditation,” lead author Neha Gothe, a professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, said in a press release. “The practice involves an active attentional or mindfulness component but its potential benefits have not been thoroughly explored.”

According to the 2012 “Yoga in America” market study, 8.7 percent of U.S. adults or 20.4 million people practice yoga in the U.S. About 62.8 percent of American yogis are between 18 and 44, and the vast majority – 82.2 percent – are women.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s