Barbara Cooke

Daily restfulness practice, with yoga or meditation sessions, may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment for healthy-brained adults, says The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (May 2016). 

Special qualities derived from intentional brain restfulness, such as meditation and yoga, can improve visual-spatial memory, short-term recall, and the ability to navigate and find locations. Practitioners also benefit from reduced anxiety and depression. Plus, they have greater coping skills and stress resilience, according to the 2016 study.

Researchers suggest “Improvements in memory, mood, and stress resilience attributed to restfulness practices like yoga and meditation may be due to increased production of brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF). BDNF is responsible for boosting connections between brain cells, as well as maintaining the survival of existing brain cell connections.

“If you or your relatives are trying to improve your memory or offset the risk for developing memory loss or dementia, a reg

ular practice of yoga and meditation could be a simple, safe and low-cost solution to improving your brain fitness.”  — Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor, neurology and psychology, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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