How to boost your memory with yoga
Crosswords and sudokus are common resorts for wise men looking to gen up and expand their mental strength. But crushing the cryptic before you get to the office will only serve to sharpen what you already have. If you want to really build on your mental limits, strolling past the weights room and straight into the yoga studio has advantages far beyond your basic ‘enlightenment’.
(Related: The beginner's guide to yoga for men)
Research from UCLA states that a three-month course of Kundalini yoga – a variety that focuses on breathing, chanting and meditation – positively affects the way your brains cells communicate with each other, increasing cognitive capacity, improving the speed and accuracy of your recall and even serving to limit the issues that precede Alzheimer’s.
Practising even once a week was shown to heighten mood and the study’s author, Harris Eyre, hopes yoga will be prescribed to fight anxiety and depression in the future. So, if you’re feeling in need of a little more neural flexibility during your working week, taking an hour on the mat to stretch yourself mentally is your first position. See you down there.
Video: Yoga Exercise to Improve Memory and Mood - Dr. Helen Lavretsky | UCLA Health News
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