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The physical science behind yoga is that it produces a physiological state opposite to the body’s normal flight-or-fight stress response. By counteracting this stress response, yoga helps the individual achieve a sense of balance and calm throughout the mind and body. Evidence shows that stress is directly correlated with cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases. Yoga decreases physiological arousal by reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and slowing down the breath. The mindful focus on the breath and internal self can be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety or depression. By accepting yoga as a stress management technique, the risk of physical and mental illness can be reduced.