A new study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, examined the effects of an acute yoga exercise session, relative to aerobic exercise, on cognitive performance and came up with some surprising results.
In the study, 30 female university-aged participants completed three counterbalanced testing sessions: a yoga exercise session, an aerobic exercise session and a baseline assessment.
The results showed that cognitive performance after the yoga exercise bout was significantly superior (ie, shorter reaction times, increased accuracy) as compared with the aerobic and baseline conditions for both inhibition and working memory tasks.
What is more, the results revealed that there was little difference between aerobic and baseline performance, contradicting some of the previous findings that aerobic exercise significantly increased mental performance.
Source: The Journal of Physical Activity