2020 International Yoga Day & Your ARPF
June 21st marks International Yoga Day which highlights and celebrates the many benefits of yoga. As you’ve seen through all of our research, yoga and meditation strengthen our mind and body, but they also help manage and prevent many chronic conditions and reduce the risk of other diseases– most notably Alzheimer’s.
One reason Kirtan Kriya has been effective is due to its alternate use of mudras and chanting mantras which have been shown to enhance verbal and visual skills, awareness, and attention.
As Dr. Praveen Gupta, Director and HOD, Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram explained, “It [Kirtan Kriya] also improves neural transmission and causes long-term changes in neural circuits. Additionally, yoga and meditation improve the quality of sleep and help manage depressive symptoms.
In recent times, stress has become the norm for most people. Stress increases cortisol levels and causes sympathetic nervous system overactivity which damages hippocampal circuits (the site of memory). Stress also leads to inflammation, oxidative stress, hypertension, disturbed sleep and diabetes — all of which are significant risk factors of dementia.
Meditation reduces stress. It stimulates specific points in the hypothalamus reverting stress-induced damage. Meditation also promotes relaxation and induces sleep; both of which help repair the nervous system. Additionally, meditation puts the brain in a hypometabolic state that reduces oxidative damage, mitochondrial dysfunction and consequent neuroinflammation thus reducing and stabilising brain damage.”
Kirtan Kriya is such a success because it is widely assessable for all ages, scalable for communities and larger populations, and is affordable. Meditation does not have adverse effects as certain medications do. Kirtan Kriya is a simple, cost-effective and significantly relevant therapy to help prevent dementia.
In stressful times –especially during COVID-19– yoga and meditation are more crucial than ever to keep inflammation low and the immune system strengthened. Practicing Kirtan Kriya for 12 minutes a day can make a huge difference in brain and whole-body health. Visit Alzheimersprevention.org for more information.
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