Alzheimer's Disease and Yoga
Effect of Yoga on Alzheimer's Disease
Exercise in general can help delay the onset and even reverse some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Yoga can be a wonderful way to introduce gentle stretching and exercising to some older patients, and the meditative mental and breathing exercising can be equally beneficial.
Side Effects and Warnings
Hatha yoga is generally at least as safe as any other stretching-based exercise program. However there are a few hatha yoga positions, such as the headstand, that can cause injury when they are performed by a person who isn’t yet sufficiently advanced in yoga, or who has certain health problems, such as a detached retina. A properly qualified instructor can help you avoid injury, taking your own individual health status into account.