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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 394-396

Yoga increases the volume of the hippocampus in elderly subjects


Department of Psychiatry, Advanced Centre for Yoga in Mental Health and Neurosciences, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
B N Gangadhar
Department of Psychiatry, Advanced Centre for Yoga in Mental Health and Neurosciences, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560 029, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: The research was done under the Advanced Centre for Yoga - Mental Health and Neurosciences, a collaborative centre of NIMHANS and the Morarji Desai Institute of Yoga, New Delhi, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.116309

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Context: The neurobiological effect of yoga on the cortical structures in the elderly is as yet unknown. Materials and Methods: Seven healthy elderly subjects received yoga intervention as an add-on life-style practice. Magnetic resonance imaging scans were obtained before and 6 months later. Voxel-based-morphometric analyses compared the brains before and after the yoga. Results: Yoga group was found to have increases in hippocampal, but not in occipital gray matter. Conclusion: Yoga has potential to reduce neuro-senescence. Small sample size and absence of the control group prevent generalization of the findings limiting its translational value.



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