Yogis believe that hatha yoga stabilizes and balances the
prana (life force) in the body.
From a Western point of view, yoga's ability to reduce stress
may come partly from its elicitation of the relaxation response.
Other factors contributing to this are the placebo response
and social support.
However, rather than having a single dominant mode of action,
yoga is likely to work via dozens of different mechanisms
simultaneously and some of them may work together synergistically.
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