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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:92-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.05.007. Epub 2017 May 20.

Effect of yoga and working memory training on cognitive communicative abilities among middle aged adults.

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1
Dept. of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, India.
2
Dept. of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, India. Electronic address: ggn1.bajaj@gmail.com.

Abstract

Several studies have reported improvements in cognitive communicative abilities with working memory training and alternative therapeutic methods conducted separately. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of combining yoga and working memory training among healthy middle aged adults. A total of 45 participants were randomly assigned into three groups. Group 1 received both yoga and working memory training, group 2 received only working memory training and group 3 served as the control group. Working memory training was provided on six tasks. Yoga training involved pranayamas and mudras. Effects of training were assessed along with the self-perceptual rating of the participants towards training. Results reveal greater training effects among group 1 participants, followed by group 2 and group 3. Group 1 also reported better perception of training (p < 0.05) than group 2. The study highlights that yoga is not only an alternative approach, but also augmentative in improving cognitive communicative abilities.

KEYWORDS:

Alternative therapeutic approach; Mudras; Pranayamas; Working memory; Yoga

PMID:
28779944
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.05.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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