7/6 Concurrent Session 3-C 13:15-14:45 Yoga and the Aging Brain Danilo Forghieri, Ph.D. Sports Center of Sao Paulo University
[3-C] Yoga and the Aging Brain Senescence is a process through which we all go through if we are lucky. However, it includes some decrements, such as in muscle and bone mass, and subcutaneous fat. Cognition and neural adaptability and flexibility also decrease. There is a strong body of evidence showing positive effects of yoga for counteracting these loses. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the most recent findings of science on yoga’s effects on the aging brain and suggest practical ways of applying them during classes with yoga therapy clients.
Danilo Forghieri, PhD Danilo has worked as a Yoga teacher at the Sports Center of University of São Paulo (CEPEUSP) for 15 years, and for the last 2 years has coordinated its Research and Teaching Sector. He has taught Physiology of Yoga and Scientific Research Methods in post-graduate courses for 13 years. Danilo’s line of research is the investigation of the psychophysiological effects of Yoga, pranayama and meditation on the aging brain and specific health conditions, such as cardiovascular and psychological ones. Danilo has extensive education in both yoga and other scientific fields including an M.S. in Experimental Physiopathology and a Ph.D. in pneumology from the Medical School of the University of Sao Paulo, and a post-doctorate in psychobiology and neuroscience from the Rio Grande do Norte Federal University and Brain Institute of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein.