image for yoga article Jane E. says her daily practice of yoga makes her more flexible, improves her concentration, and gives her an aerobic workout as well.

"It's a really comprehensive kind of exercise that not only affects my physical well-being, but creates an important connection between my body and my mind. I feel more energized and also refreshed mentally after practicing yoga."

Apparently many people agree. Tens of millions of Americans report that they do yoga, an exercise made up of a series of poses based on an ancient Indian spiritual discipline. If you're interested in starting yoga, the safest approach would be to find an introductory yoga class. They are generally slower paced. Many Western yoga classes are performed in very hot rooms, so make sure your new class is in a place where it is not excessively hot.

Since yoga first gained visibility in the 1960s, numerous teachers, styles, and organizations have emerged, but finding one that's right for you can sometimes be a challenge. A good teacher and the right practice can significantly contribute to your enjoyment, growth, and understanding. Moreover, a good teacher can ultimately determine whether you continue to gain the benefits from a constant and continuing practice.