Short Yoga Session Stimulates Brain Function Immediately Afterwards

Posted on March 6, 2014

A single 20-minute session of yoga sharpens the mind more than a comparable amount of walking or jogging, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The study recruited 30 participants who were either asked to carry out 20 minutes moderate aerobic exercise or they were given a 20-minute yoga class.

In the yoga class, people adopted various postures including standing, sitting and lying down while contracting and relaxing muscles.

In the comparison group, participants worked out at 70% of their maximum aerobic capacity, which previous studies have shown provides a cognitive boost of its own.

When tested afterwards, however, those who'd been practising yoga performer better.

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