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

Yoga increases the volume of the hippocampus in elderly subjects


VR Hariprasad, S Varambally, V Shivakumar, SV Kalmady, G Venkatasubramanian, BN Gangadhar 
 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

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.


How to cite this article:
Hariprasad V R, Varambally S, Shivakumar V, Kalmady S V, Venkatasubramanian G, Gangadhar B N. Yoga increases the volume of the hippocampus in elderly subjects.Indian J Psychiatry 2013;55:394-396


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Hariprasad V R, Varambally S, Shivakumar V, Kalmady S V, Venkatasubramanian G, Gangadhar B N. Yoga increases the volume of the hippocampus in elderly subjects. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Dec 11 ];55:394-396
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