We’ve teamed up with MyCognition to produce a series of blogs about the cognitive benefits of various activities.
But what do we mean by cognitive benefits? We’re looking at how different activities could help your alertness, concentration, short-term memory, long-term memory and strategic thinking.
Here’s what Lizzie and Martina from MyCognition had to say about Yoga.
What are the main cognitive benefits of Yoga?
A recent study has shown Yoga reduces the cognitive load we normally experience. A key part of many yoga practices is clearing the mind through meditation. The study showed significant improvements in working memory as a result. Working memory helps with problem solving and decision taking. And the breathing techniques learned in yoga can help to improve focus and attention.
How often should Yoga be practiced?
Yoga can be practiced as often as you like – in the morning, as a wind-down before bed or during the day. The main thing is to get in a regular routine, whether that’s daily or weekly. A recent study (see above) showed measurable cognitive benefits after just 6 one hour yoga sessions.
Would you recommend practicing yoga alone or in a group with an instructor?
Certainly both are beneficial. However social interactions are part of five important healthy habits that we recommend, so yoga in a friendly group is a great idea. Social interaction helps to develop and maintain a strong executive function which is your ability to plan, organise and be creative. This is of course beneficial in working life, your social life and at home.
How can HulaHub help?
HulaHub has yoga instructors who can give you 1 to 1 or group sessions to suit your needs. Whether you’ve tried yoga already or you’d like to give it a go for the first time, do have a look on our site and find yoga instructors in your area.