Studies suggest that regular yoga practice can improve aspects of cognition and quality of life for healthy individuals. An indirect influence of emotional state on cognitive improvement promoted by yoga practice can be proposed.

Yoga and meditation have been shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety in healthy volunteers and psychiatric populations. Recent work has also indicated that yoga can improve cognitive-behavioral performance and control.

Each day we are greeted with news blasts and unanticipated chaos which pull us in opposite directions, as though we were swinging from side to side on a pendulum of life.  This acceleration of pace profoundly affects our quality of life and our nervous system. Our reaction to this chaos is to record, preserve, and create landmarks with the illusion of controlling and protecting our fragile worlds.  The desire to make things permanent makes us feel pulled in opposite directions – it both connects us and fragments us.  One solution to find the calm that bridges these opposites can be yoga in its totality – calming the mind, balancing the body and shifting our perspective.

To learn more about the health benefits of yoga, stream the 2014 Integrative Healthcare Symposium Presentation: How Practical Aspects of Yoga Affect the Nervous System