Its origins may trace back over 5,000 years, when it was first referenced in sacred texts in Northern India. Today, yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercises around the world. Whether you prefer Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini, or another style, new research reveals another reason to make yoga part of your routine for life: its power to protect the brain against the cognitive decline of old age.
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Traditional yoga is a spiritual practice with several parts, one of which is asana (the part that involves poses). 00:39
One study found that after 20 minutes of Hatha yoga, subjects performed better on tests that measure brain function. 01:41
Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce the pain and fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis and other ailments. 02:43
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