Brain Function Improved by Hatha Yoga in Older Adults

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  August 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM Senior Health News
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Performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, improved for sedentary older adults after practicing hatha yoga three times a week, for eight weeks, researchers report.
 Brain Function Improved by Hatha Yoga in Older Adults
Brain Function Improved by Hatha Yoga in Older Adults

The findings involved 108 adults between the ages of 55 and 79 years of age, 61 of whom attended hatha yoga classes. The others met for the same number and length of sessions and engaged in stretching and toning exercises instead of yoga.

At the end of the eight weeks, the yoga group was speedier and more accurate on tests of information recall, mental flexibility and task-switching than it had been before the intervention. The stretching-and-toning group saw no significant change in cognitive performance over time. The differences seen between the groups were not the result of differences in age, gender, social status or other demographic factors, the research team reported.

Source: Eurekalert

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