Research in partnership with Harvard University highlights the benefits of the activity for cognitive activities
Recent research by Brazilian scientists in partnership with Harvard Medical School underscores the incredible benefit that regular yoga practice can bring to our brains, especially by slowing aging and strengthening areas of attention and memory.
The study was carried out jointly by the Brain Institute of Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo-SP, the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) and the University of Harvard in the United States. Researchers analyzed the brain structure of two groups of elderly women: one who has been practicing yoga for at least 8 years and another who does not have this habit. The volunteers had a similar age and level of schooling.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results have shown that, in women who practice yoga, the prefrontal cortex is more active. This is the area of the brain that controls cognitive activities, such as future planning, attention, and working memory.
Further studies are still needed to see how yoga practice is able to strengthen this area of the brain and whether the same benefits are observed in other age groups as well. However, those who practice yoga already feel the difference that the exercise brings to day to day activities such as concentration, memory and attention.