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Does a consistent yoga practice contribute to changing brain anatomy?

This study examines differences in brain anatomy between experienced yoga practitioners and control subjects using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Researchers also examined which aspects of a weekly yoga practice (postures, breath control and meditation) contributed most to brain size.

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Brittany Fair

TITLE: Neuroprotective effects of yoga practice: age, experience and frequency dependent plasticity


PUBLICATION: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

DATE: May 2015

AUTHORS : Chantal Villemure, Marta Čeko, Valerie A. Cotton and M. Catherine Bushnell

Gray Matter (GM): brain tissue that consists of neuron cell bodies and dendrites

Neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change its structure and function throughout the lifespan

Neuroprotective: an agent that preserves either neuron structure or function

Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): a technique that indirectly measures brain anatomy differences

Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM): an analysis technique that utilizes complex statistics to determine brain volumes

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