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Yoga Improves Working Memory

23 Oct

We know yoga improves balance, muscle tone, joint flexibility, ability to relax and be mindful. But it also appears to be associated with improved cognitive function. 

 Hello, all.  Here’s some encouraging new info to share about yoga and working memory.

A recently published study out of Texas State University* investigated the impact of a brief, 6-session yoga program on the working memory of 43 subjects.

Tests like Digit Span Forward, Backward and Sequencing, as well as Letter-Number Sequencing, were used to measure changes before and after yoga training.

Sure enough, there were significant improvements in working memory associated with the program. You can check out the study, cited below.

So, if you’re not happy about getting a tad forgetful, or you just want to stay sharp, you might want to try some yoga and see what happens.

 All best,

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*Brunner D, Abramovitch A, Etherton J. A yoga program for cognitive enhancement. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 4;12 (8):e0182366. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0182366. eCollection 2017.

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*Brunner D, Abramovitch A, Etherton J. A yoga program for cognitive enhancement. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 4;12 (8):e0182366. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0182366. eCollection 2017.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award