Yoga good for your mind

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Yoga good for your mind

Yoga has lots of benefits, improves posture, flexibility and physical health, but now studies show that increases brain function.

According to new research conducted by the University of Illinois, practicing hatha yoga three times a week helps you think clearly compared to counterparts that did stretching or toning exercises. The study examined 100 people aged 55-79, and found that the 61 of them who practiced hatha yoga at least three times a week for eight weeks showed major improvement in ability to recall information, mental flexibility, and task- switching. Those that did stretching and toning for the same duration of time showed no significant change in their cognitive abilities

“Hatha yoga requires focused effort in moving through the poses, controlling the body and breathing at a steady rate. It is possible that this focus on one’s body, mind and breath during yoga practice may have generalized to situations outside of the yoga classes, resulting in an improved ability to sustain attention” says Neha Gothe in press release.

Yoga’s emphasis on focus, concentrated breathing and meditation it possibly trains our brains to better manage the everyday tasks we’re faced with in our lives outside the yoga classes.

In light with this wonderful finding all yoga aficionados should celebrate with on the mat. Those who want to get into yoga need to first decide which type of yoga they want to take up.


Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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