About Yoga for Memory Loss

Fear and stress cause us to forget. We make light of ‘brain fade’, ‘mommy moments’ and ‘senior moments', but long term, left unchecked, fear and stress can damage the brain, resulting in the loss of cognitive abilities. 

Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises (pranayama) practiced regularly can reduce stress, calm the mind and help us to focus our mental resources on the task at hand. Attention and concentration can improve. We can process information more efficiently, and learn new information more effectively. 

Clinical studies suggest yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) can help to treat memory loss. They can improve memory; both spatial/visual memory (yoga) and verbal fluency (meditation). Yoga has also been associated with reduced anxiety. 

 Also see Alzheimer’s.

What the clinical studies say


  • Improves balance 
  • Improves flexibility 
  • Improves joint motion 
  • Improves memory 
  • Improves muscle strength 
  • Improves spatial memory 
  • Lowers blood pressure 
  • Reduces anxiety 
  • Reduces respiration rate 
  • Strengthens cardiopulmonary fitness

  • Improves cerebral blood flow 
  • Improves memory 
  • Improves verbal fluency

  • Improves memory