Providence hospital studying yoga’s role in slowing brain decline

Feb 14th, 2017

Supported by Alzheimer’s Association grant, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence researchers are studying whether regular practice of yoga can “help a brain in slow decline”.

It is “recruiting people with mild cognitive disorder” to study whether yoga can improve their condition. “Yoga is an ancient practice known to improve mental, spiritual and physical well-being among its practitioners”, a Hospital release says.

Led by Dr. Geoffrey Tremont, Neuropsychology Director at Rhode Island Hospital, the study will direct patients through a 12-week, twice-weekly yoga regimen. He hopes to enroll 70 patients in the study of yoga’s role in improving “cognitive conditions among people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment”. “The yoga program involves meditation, physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation”, release says and adds, “Yoga has benefits for a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions”.

Yoga Enthusiasts have welcomed efforts of Rhode Island Hospital and Alzheimer’s Association into exploration of yoga’s role in cognitive health.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out.
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