Two women sit back to back practicing yoga meditation to reduce stress and anxiety and enjoy health benefits

What causes these changes in our body and mind which allow us to experience the benefits of yoga for stress and anxiety? How are the asanas in yoga different to the movement in other forms of exercise? After all, running or playing tennis are also associated with many health benefits. But these activities usually aren’t accompanied by the same sense of well-being as yoga. It seems that the focus of yoga on improving through both physical and mental practices incorporates more mindful elements that are absent in traditional forms of exercise. Indeed it is this mindfulness might make the difference between just going for a run and practicing yoga.

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