According to the Yoga Education and Research Center, almost 20 million people in the United States have inculcated yoga as exercise for their mind and body. The truth is that with the several styles that are now offered in the form of classes this has spread from just a few in the 1960s to almost everyone who wants to stays fit, and is doing something about.

But if you’re starting off, how would you know which one works for you?

The first thing is that one should understand that all forms of yoga (in particular, hatha yoga) follow the same philosophy, and this principle is all about the “combination of mind, body and spirit”. In addition, it’s also about quieting the mind when it is disturbed for whatever reason as well as connecting with oneself on a deeper basis. For most people, no matter which form you choose, it gives you a sense of peacefulness and well-being while giving you more energy in performing these exercises.

But while the philosophy is one and the same, there are minor variations that distinguish one type of yoga from the other. So here is a list of things that one can do in order to find out which type of yoga suits them most:

Tip #1: If you’re starting off, then you should think of getting an instructor, and not just any instructor but one who has a strong understanding of yoga in general but also who is professional as well. What this means is that the instructor should have an excellent idea of the levels of difficulty involved and eases his students in them.

Tip #2: Do some reading on the different styles of yoga by yourself, and select at least two or three types of yoga classes that suit you the best.

Tip #3: Attend a couple of classes that are simple, much like Iyengar yoga, and see which one suits you the best.

Tip #4: It’s important to understand your limits, and avoid classes such as Bikram and Astanga yoga which pushes you to the limit.

Tip #5: And when you go for it, make it stick!