Has anyone tried yoga for mind and body recovery? I would be a complete beginner to the practice, and I would like to know if it helps. I know that yoga was very fashionable for fitness in the late 90s and early 00s, but I'm mainly thinking of yoga to heal the mind as well as body. I know that numerous studies have cited the benefits of yoga to improve breathing, heart rate, and even relax the neurons in the brain. I believe the most traditional yoga is part of ancient religious practice in order to connect with perhaps strength greater than yourself. The yoga most familiar to the Western world is Hatha yoga (i.e. the familiar Lotus pose, etc). But there is also Bikram yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Kundalini yoga, to name a few that I've heard of. I heard that bikram really helps you sweat it out and is a workout. And the actress Lisa Edelstein does Ashtantga yoga for 2 hours every morning, and she credits it for her slim body and happy disposition at almost 50 years old. She says she will do it every day, even if she has to get up at 3 am in the morning. With that kind of testimonial, I may start with Ashtanga yoga first. Has anyone done it, and how do you suggest to get started?