Enhances Caregiver Well-being

meditation-image-105A recent study out of UCLA suggests that practicing Kirtan Kriya meditation can greatly improve the well-being of caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. With more than 5.4 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the U.S., the total number of caregivers is high, and giving that type of care to another takes its emotional toll. Researchers found that practicing very brief daily meditation sessions through yoga (a mantra-based form of meditation called Kirtan Kriya) can greatly improve caregivers’ quality of life and lower depression levels. Since both meditation and yoga are known for their stress-reduction qualities, it makes sense that these mind-body techniques would help reduce the emotional distress of caregivers.