Yoga Impacts Cognitive Health: Neurophysiological Changes and Stress-regulation Mechanisms

Stephanie Voss, Jonathan Cerna, Neha P. Gothe

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Yoga, a physical and contemplative practice, offers the practitioner a unique mind-body exercise experience demonstrating preliminary efficacy in improving cognitive health. We examine the evidence for underlying mechanisms that explain the yoga-cognition relationship in healthy older adults. The cognitive benefits of yoga may be the result of improved stress regulation and neurocognitive resource efficiency that facilitate bi-directional brain-body communication.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number2
Early online dateNov 8 2022
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023


  • aging
  • brain
  • cognitive decline
  • cortisol
  • default mode network
  • functional connectivity
  • yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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