A recent study suggests that yoga meditation may help in reducing risk's of chronic stresses which are linked with reduced risk of Mild Cognitive Impairments and Alzheimer's Disease. Individuals affected by Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) may have difficulty remembering events, conversations or people. They may also have impaired decision making abilities and struggle with day-to-day tasks more than they used to. People with MCI paired with chronic stress may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease. Chronic stress is linked with the deterioration of the hippocampus of the brain. The hippocampus acts to retrieve memories and is impacted with MCI and Alzheimer's. In a study published by Neuroscience Letters, fourteen individuals aged 55-90 suffering from MCI were separated them into control groups receiving no treatment and those undergoing 8 weeks of yoga and meditation. The specific yoga and meditation technique used was Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction (MBSR). By the end of the 8 weeks, the MBSR Group displayed more connectivity between the hippocampus and other parts of the brain, as well as, less bilateral atrophy in the hippocampus. The atrophy was reduced in both the left and brain hemispheres overall. Astonishingly, the brain shows incredible plasticity producing change in as little as four days of MBSR practice towards reduced stress levels. Wow, that means with a dedicated practice we should be able to rewire our brain which impacts our stress, thoughts and feelings which in turn prevents disease and promotes health. One of the many reasons I love, love, love the rich practice of yoga and meditation! See the full article here.