Yoga and Brain Plasticity

Yoga (theory and application to neuroscience) and meditation is one of the many facets discussed and practiced in the Brain emPower program. Since 2000 there has been an increase in research and publication of findings about how yoga, breathing and meditation, has benefits of uniting mind and body evidence (increasing mindfulness) and how yoga effects brain health, strengthens the body and offers relaxation benefits.

See this recent research article on this research

It states: “Yoga has particularly gained traction as a research area of interest in its promising potential as a therapy to combat the alarming increase in age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Older adults are the fastest growing population in the US and around the world with over 2 billion people expected to be ≥60 years of age by 2050]. Age is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia in those aged 65 and older. In the absence of any effective treatments to cure the disease or manage its symptoms, researchers have explored the potential of modifying lifestyle behaviors such as nutrition and physical activity to drive beneficial plasticity of the aging brain and remediate age-related cognitive decline. Yoga may be an alternative form of physical activity which may help not only older adults achieve recommended levels of physical activity, but also for individuals who have disabilities or symptoms that prevent them from performing more vigorous forms of exercise.”