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  • Study suggests hatha yoga boosts brain function in older adults

    Researchers found that eight weeks of hatha yoga classes can improve older adults' cognitive skills.

    Researchers found that eight weeks of hatha yoga classes can improve older adults' cognitive skills.

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      Researchers found that eight weeks of hatha yoga classes can improve older adults' cognitive skills.

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      University of Illinois graduate student Neha Gothe and her colleagues found that eight weeks of yoga classes significantly improved participants' reaction time and accuracy in tests of cognitive function. Gothe is now a professor of kinesiology at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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      University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Edward McAuley directs the Exercise Psychology Laboratory, where a new study testing the cognitive effects of yoga was conducted.

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      Previous studies have shown that yoga can have immediate positive psychological effects by decreasing anxiety, depression and stress.

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  • To reach Neha Gothe, call 313-577-6222; email nehagothe@wayne.edu. To reach Edward McAuley, call 217-333-6487; email emcauley@illinois.edu

    The paper, “The effects of an 8-week hatha yoga intervention on executive function in older adults,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.