Analysis published in Brain Plasticity with research conducted by The University of Illinois shows that practicing gentle hatha yoga enhances many of brain structures and functions. The researchers determined that the hippocampus, which is involved in memory processing and typically shrinks with age, increased in volume with yoga. The amygdala, which helps regulate emotions, tends to be larger in yoga practitioners. Other brain regions that are larger or more efficient in enthusiasts are the prefrontal cortex, essential to planning and decision-making; the default mode network, involved in planning and memory; and the cingulate cortex, which plays a key role in emotional regulation, learning and memory.
- Natural AwakeningsLI March 2020 Edition