1. What is Yoga

We already know that exercise keeps our body healthy, strengthen our heart, tone our muscles, and make our joints flexible. However, from the past 10 years, the health and fitness center have come accept that exercise is also good for your mind.

The new catch-phrase is coined as body and mind exercise, and Yoga are at the forefront. You can replace these yoga exercises with your regular workout routines once or twice the week. For example, instead of lifting weights or doing your regular stretching routine, do a session of yoga.

When you start to do Yoga exercise for a while, you will start to know how your body works. You will start to observe how you sit, walk, and stand. Most of the people begin to see and feel improvements in their flexibility, strength, and stress levels only after a few classes.

The long term benefits of yoga are astounding, keeping you young and healthy. Don't be surprised when your 80 year old yoga instructor struts about in the yoga class with agility and grace.

2. Why Yoga

Yoga developed in India 5000 years ago, consists of series of poses that you hold from few seconds to several minutes.

The moves - a blend of strength, flexibility, and body awareness - are intended to improve the union of body, mind, and spirit. Other forms of yoga moves focus on relaxation and deep breathing as you hold the poses.

Yoga has a different feel than the western workout, often including the element of spiritual element such as chanting and burning candles.

3. The Style That Works Best for You

There are many forms of yoga, but basically they are all the same and only differ in how long you hold each poses, how long you breathe, how quickly you move, and how much spiritual aspect there is. Some offer modifications to the really bendy and twisty moves, so they are accessible to new exercisers.

If you find yoga helpful, you can experiment with some of the different styles. You may find you may like one more than the other.