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What is the best yoga routine?

Yoga encompasses a wide variety of exercises and poses that emphasize a wide variety of physical, emotional and spiritual areas depending on the form of yoga performed. If you want to start doing yoga start by consulting your primary medical care provider to make sure you're ready to engage in regular physical activity and then decide which type of yoga is best for you. Certain types like Hatha have a heavier emphasis on deep breathing and holding of mild positions, while Ashtanga yoga more heavily emphasizes deep bending poses and requires a high degree of upper and lower body endurance and strength to perform well. If light flexibility and balance are your goal a gentler form like Hatha might be more effective, if developing high levels of balance, core strength, and totally body strength are your goal a more strenuous form like Ashtanga might be more beneficial. 

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