- Yoga increases cognitive performance, working memory, attention-switching ability, and focus.
- It has been shown to improve mood and life satisfaction scores while reducing aggressiveness, emotional distress, and anxiety.
- Yoga can increase cardiorespiratory efficiency and respiratory capacity, decrease resting heart rate and blood pressure.
- Yoga has also been beneficial for individuals with metabolic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity as it has shown to increase glycemic control and nerve conduction velocity, and decrease BMI and total serum cholesterol level.
- Weight-bearing yoga training can attenuate bone reabsorption and reduce the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
- Yoga has been shown to improve symptoms of OA of the hand as well as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Many subjects with bipolar depression reported that ongoing yoga practice assisted with their focus and sense of acceptance.
- Neurological conditions such as schizophrenia and depression can also greatly benefit from general yoga practice.
- Yoga practice may also serve as an affective adjunctive treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease, as yoga practice generally improved bilateral hippocampal volume.
The implementation of yoga training into the clinical treatment of certain neurological and psychosocial disorders may be beneficial because of its neuroplastic effects: yoga improves brainwave powers, increases certain areas of brain activation, and produces anatomical changes in the brain.
Effects of yoga on brain waves and structural activation: A review
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 21 (2015) 112-118
By Radhika Desai, Anisha Tailor, Tanvi Bhatt
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
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