How does yoga reduce stress? A systematic review of mechanisms of change and guide to future inquiry

  title={How does yoga reduce stress? A systematic review of mechanisms of change and guide to future inquiry},
  author={Kristen E. Riley and Crystal L. Park},
  journal={Health Psychology Review},
  pages={379 - 396}
Yoga is increasingly used in clinical settings for a variety of mental and physical health issues, particularly stress-related illnesses and concerns, and has demonstrated promising efficacy. Yet the ways in which yoga reduces stress remain poorly understood. To examine the empirical evidence regarding the mechanisms through which yoga reduces stress, we conducted a systematic review of the literature, including any yoga intervention that measured stress as a primary dependent variable and… 
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