Int J Yoga. 2019 May-Aug;12(2):172-173. PMID: 31143027
Comparison of Yoga versus Physical Exercise on Executive Function, Attention, and Working Memory in Adolescent Schoolchildren: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Purpose: Executive function, attention, and memory are an important indicator of cognitive health in children. In this study, we analyze the effect of yoga and physical exercise on executive functioning, attention, and memory.Methods: In this prospective two-armed randomized controlled trial, around 802 students from ten schools across four districts were randomized to receive daily 1 h yoga training (= 411) or physical exercise (= 391) for 2 months. Executive function, attention, and memory were studied using Trail Making Test (TMT). Yoga (= 377) and physical exercise (= 371) students contributed data to the analyses. The data were analyzed using intention-to-treat approach using Student's-test.Results: There was a significant increase in numerical TMT (TMTN) values within yoga (= -2.17;