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Yoga Improves the Mind

Researchers in America have discovered that a single session of Hatha Yoga significantly improves a person’s speed and accuracy when tested on their working memory and concentration.

According to the study, just 20 minutes a day can help boost the mind.  Lead author of the study, Neha Gothe, Professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies at Wayne University in Detroit, explains: “Yoga is an ancient Indian science and way of life that includes not only physical movements and postures but also regulated breathing and meditation.”  Gothe went on to say: “It appears that following yoga practice, participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout.”

Gothe and her team were unable to pinpoint a specific part of the yoga session which boosted the mental state but suggests the relaxation it brings could be the answer.

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