Strike a pose

June 18, 2013 —

yogaIt’s amazing how refreshed I feel after I head to our Wellness Center for the 45-minute power yoga class on Tuesdays. So it came as no surprise to me that a recent study found that just 20 minutes of yoga could help your brain function better.

Researchers at Wayne State University found that people did better — both speed and accuracy-wise — on brain functioning tests after just 20 minutes of yoga, compared with aerobic exercise. 

“It appears that following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout,” study researcher Neha Gothe, a professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies at the university.

Tidbit to takeaway: A little down dog goes a long way!

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Interested in trying out yoga for the first time, but don’t want to feel intimidated by the pros? Why not check out one of these local free sessions:

Yoga in the Park

Lululemon Des Moines events

West Des Moines Yoga on the Lawn


With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.