Turns out, the benefits of yoga may extend beyond bringing stress relief to family caregivers. According to a presentation at this year's Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, a form of yoga meditation called "Kirtan Kriya" improved cognitive function and may protect women against the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers investigated the cognitive impacts the simple 12-minute-per-day yoga meditation, among 161 women who reported subjective cognitive decline or mild cognitive impairment or who had stressed family caregivers. After 8-12 weeks, the participating women demonstrated improvements in cognitive function, cerebral blood flow and neuroanatomical plasticity of neurotransmitters in the anterior and posterior cingulate gyrus, hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex. You can learn more about this interesting study HERE.