Published on the YogaU Wellness blog, the article below discusses a study which showed an increase in memory and brain function in older adults who did yoga. While GMA patients may not all be older, many still may suffer from memory and concentration issues which could benefit from yoga.
If you are interested in trying it out, check out our Resources/Support Groups page on the GMA website to find a list of local and online classes in gentle and restorative yoga that would be possible for many patients.
Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds
By: B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500
Prolonged stress can have a deleterious effect on the brain, reducing your ability to think, plan and reason effectively. This is particularly true for the elderly. Now, a new study published in Biological Psychology finds that yoga may moderate the stress response and improve executive function in older adults, building on prior research that finds that yoga is good for your brain.
Neuroendocrine research finds that brain exposure to higher concentrations of cortisol – a key marker of stress – increases the risk for cognitive deficits as we age. Chronic stress magnifies this effect, placing undue wear and tear on the brain and the autonomic nervous system, and increasing the risk for disease.
Read the original study: Yoga practice improves executive function by attenuating stress levels
Find a review by the Harvard Medical School Health Publication of studies about yoga and the stress response: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression