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Science Review Confirms Yoga Benefits Your Brain

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Like many other forms of exercise, yoga — which is suitable for most people, regardless of age or fitness level — has been shown to support healthy brain function and stave off neurological decline
  • Through modern imaging technology, researchers have been able to objectively confirm that yoga impacts the brain in beneficial ways that translate into improved attention, mental processing speed, executive function and emotional regulation
  • Regular yoga practice has also been shown to lower stress, reduce body image dissatisfaction and anxiety, and much more
  • Yoga practitioners have thicker cortexes and greater gray matter volume and density in several brain regions, including the frontal, limbic, temporal, occipital and cerebellar regions. Yoga also appears to negate the otherwise normal decline in total gray matter volume that occurs with age
  • It appears to be the unique combination of physical movement, breath work and meditation that confers these beneficial brain benefits

With a history spanning thousands of years, yoga (in a wide variety of forms) has proven its benefits experientially across generations. Modern science is also confirming its usefulness for people seeking improved mental and physical health and fitness conditioning.

Like many (if not most) other forms of exercise, yoga, though mild in comparison, has also been shown to support healthy brain function and stave off neurological decline.


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