Following the release of studies in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health examining the link between yoga and cognition, Christian Nordqvist takes you through the science behind yoga and its benefits to both physical and mental health.
While more research is needed, there is a growing body of evidence showing both instant and long-term boosts to productivity and focus.
Yoga was better than aerobic exercise in boosting cognition, which may show the direct benefits of the meditative and inward aspects of such activities.
“The breathing and meditative exercises aim at calming the mind and body and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath. Maybe these processes translate beyond yoga practice when you try to perform mental tasks or day-to-day activities.”