Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. Yoga can benefit three aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress: our body, mind, and breathing. … Practicing yoga builds your ability to calm, focus, balance, and relax yourself.
Put them together, and you have a yoga style that focuses on balancing your entire body’s energy as well as deepening the mind-body connection and stretching tight muscles via poses, deep breathing, and meditation, she says.