Yoga Impacts Cognitive Health: Neurophysiological Changes and Stress Regulation Mechanisms

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2023 Apr 1;51(2):73-81. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000311. Epub 2022 Nov 7.


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 bidirectional brain-body communication.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Yoga* / psychology