Yoga and Kirtan for Alzheimer's

You may have read our recent blog and Facebook post on the potential benefits of yoga for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, including information on exciting new research into this important area. Here is another great article, which highlights kirtan, in addition to yoga, as being therapeutically useful for people with Alzheimer's and related conditions.

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May 19, 2016
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You may have read our recent blog and Facebook post on the potential benefits of yoga for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, including information on exciting new research into this important area. Here is another great article, which highlights kirtan, in addition to yoga, as being therapeutically useful for people with Alzheimer's and related conditions. The article explores the recent three-month and meditation study conducted by neuroscientists at UCLA, who found that yoga and meditation helped to minimise cognitive and emotional struggles that often precede Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Excitingly, the researchers found yoga to be even more effective than the memory enhancements exercises that have been considered the gold standard for managing cognitive impairment for so very long.

As part of the research, eleven participants received one-hour-a-week of memory enhancement training and spent 20 minutes a day performing memory exercises, whilst another fourteen participants took a one-hour class once a week in Kundalini Yoga and practiced Kirtan Kriya meditation at home for 20 minutes each day. The study's lead author explained, "we're converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients." Wonderful stuff!

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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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