How yoga can boost your brain, but only if you’re already good at it
Posted On July 4, 2021
Health experts have been warning for years that yoga could be bad for your health.
Now they have a new and different reason to worry.
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For the past decade, yoga has been shown to boost the brain’s ability to learn new things, particularly those that require memory.
The study involved volunteers taking a series of memory tests.
One test, called the Memory-Mapping Test (MMT), measures how well the brain can recall what it has learned about the past by performing the task of naming objects that had previously been used by the same person.
The other, the Memory Recognition Test (MRT), measured how well volunteers remembered things that had already been used.
It was hoped that the two tests would be used together to detect changes in brain activity associated with learning new things.
But the researchers found that the tests were actually different.
Instead of comparing how well people remembered things, the researchers measured how quickly they remembered things and how quickly their memory lapses occurred.
In the memory-Mapper test, for instance, volunteers were shown pictures of people and asked to name which were the same as the previous person.
The same was true for the MRT.
But when they were shown two people that were identical to each other, it was hard for them to remember which one had been the same.
In contrast, people who were learning to play the piano could remember which of the previous two pianists they had played with for hours.
And the researchers could see a huge difference between how long they could remember the pianist and how much time they spent playing.
“There is a lot of evidence that yoga improves memory and that yoga can improve attention,” says Katherine Rimmer, an associate professor at the University of Chicago who led the study.
“And we found a pattern of memory impairment, so that’s interesting.”
A recent study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that yoga helps your brain to learn by stimulating the hippocampus, which is a part of your brain that is responsible for storing and storing new information.
It also helps the brain process new information quickly, which means it may help you get through a difficult day of work.
It’s not just yoga that has been linked to increased brain activity.
A study published in 2016 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that a new form of yoga called “vinyasa” could improve memory by improving concentration and making you think less about your thoughts.
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Dr. Yuriy Leshchenko, a psychologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has conducted extensive research with people who are already good users of yoga and has found that it improves the ability to remember things that are not already familiar.
Leshchenko says the study was based on a small group of people who had previously taken an advanced yoga class and that this group had significantly higher levels of memory retention than other people.
“This was the first time that yoga has shown any sort of benefit,” says Leshansky.
“It improves attention and cognition and helps to improve your performance on tests of memory.”
The researchers found the same thing when they looked at a group of 20 people who already took a traditional yoga class.
But while yoga improved their ability to recall what had been learned in the class, it did not seem to improve their ability in any other aspect of their lives.
The researchers did find that when the people in the yoga group took a test to remember a new thing, they were better able to remember it than those who took a quiz or took a nap.
Leshansky says it’s not clear why yoga improves your memory, but he suspects it may be because it helps your muscles to relax.
“It could be that yoga stimulates your brain so that your muscles relax and it makes it easier for your brain,” he says.
“But I don’t think this is necessarily the reason.
It might be that it activates your brain in the way that you think.”