Hallelujah! Finally, a study coming out of the US, backing what yogis have known for centuries…That yoga improves memory and brain function.
Researchers from the University of Illinois, conducted tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to focus, retain, and use new information.
Subjects who took a single, 20-minute yoga session were significantly faster and more accurate on their tests than subjects who walked or jogged on a treadmill for 20 minutes.
You can read the article which featured in the New York Daily News about the findings. I'm loving that mainstream press have picked up on this article. For those of us who practice yoga regularly this is wonderful validation from a scientific perspective that 'yoga' which means union of body, mind and breath, is - as we always knew - good for us on all levels.
For corporations it is a fabulous opportunity to grab onto. Imagine having your workforce, department or team practicing yoga before work - oh the productivity you'd be harnessing! I've got goose bumps just thinking about it. Studies such as this one provide strong backup for anyone looking to build a business case to management for the benefits of a corporate yoga class.
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