Dr Diana Karamacoska
Yoga for Better Brain Health!
Our newest research article shows that yoga could be a game-changer for those living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia!
This non-pharmacological intervention could significantly improve cognitive and physical function, as well as overall quality of life for those living with these conditions. That's what our comprehensive review of 10 studies showed. Yoga was associated with improvements in attention, executive function, balance, flexibility, and mood.
The potential benefits of yoga for people with MCI and dementia may be due to its ability to improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress and inflammation, and enhance neuroplasticity. These findings are especially significant because there is currently no cure for dementia and MCI, and the available pharmacological treatments have limited efficacy. Yoga could be a promising non-pharmacological intervention that could significantly improve the quality of life for those living with these conditions.
As research in this area continues to grow, it is hoped that yoga may become an increasingly important therapeutic intervention for people with cognitive decline, offering hope and improving quality of life. So, why not give yoga a try and see how it could positively impact your life? Get ready to improve your cognitive function, physical function, and overall well-being!
Karamacoska, D., Tan, T., Mathersul, D.C. et al. A systematic review of the health effects of yoga for people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. BMC Geriatr 23, 37 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-023-03732-5