Clarity Within the Haze: The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.

In a study released just this month, the effects of meditation versus listening to music on perceived stress, mood, sleep, and quality of life in adults with early memory loss was studied in the form of a pilot randomised-controlled trial.

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May 08, 2016
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In a study released just this month, the effects of meditation versus listening to music on perceived stress, mood, sleep, and quality of life in adults with early memory loss was studied in the form of a pilot randomised-controlled trial. The effects of two 12-week relaxation programs were assessed within this trial, namely Kirtan Kriya Meditation (KK) and listening to relaxing music.

Sixty people were randomised to either group and asked to practice for 12 minutes daily for 12 weeks over the course of three months. Pleasingly, 53 participants (88%) completed the study with participants in both groups showing significant improvements at 12 weeks in psychological wellbeing and in multiple domains of mood and sleep quality. Those assigned to the meditation intervention showed greater gains in perceived stress, mood, psychological wellbeing and quality of life-mental health measures relative to the music intervention.

To read the full blog post, which expands upon yoga's benefits for Alzheimer's and other dementias, please visit; https://themindedinstitute.wordpress.com/2016/05/0...

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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