It’s easy to see how yoga keeps your body limber and strong, and now research shows that the practice goes a long way toward helping your brain stay in top shape, too.
A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reveals that a regular routine of yoga and meditation can help you keep your smarts while remaining happy and mindful. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles asked a group of older adults with mild cognitive impairment to practice Kundalini Yoga weekly and meditate every day for 12 weeks, while another group was asked to do a series of proven memory-enhancing brain-training exercises over the same time span.
While before-and-after brain scans showed improvements in memory and brain connectivity in every test subject, the ones who practiced yoga also exhibited noticeable boosts in mood, resilience to stress, and the ability to focus. Wise moves.