Your phone won’t stop beeping, your boss is emailing you and your kids want to know what’s for dinner. Stress can easily get the best of you. To fight back, hit the mat! Yoga combines stretching and controlled breathing to promote relaxation while also building strength. And almost anyone can do it. Take a closer look at how health and happiness go hand in hand with yoga.

1. Fights Stress. Deep breathing. With yoga, breath is a fundamental part of the practice which brings more oxygen into your body which helps bring calmness of mind and focus.

2. Loosens muscles and joints. Yoga loosens muscles and joints ignored in our day-to-day lives. Routines like sun salutation get the blood flowing as we warm up and free our body and also build bone and muscle strength.

3. Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, including heart disease and help lower blood pressure and improve heart function. Yoga might also help mitigate chronic conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia.