This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Most health clubs, YMCAs, YWCAs, and community centers offer Hatha yoga classes. Among the more popular types of Hatha yoga classes are:
To find classes, ask for references from friends who study yoga and don't be afraid to shop around. Many centers allow prospective students to take a first class for free. Others offer "sampler" days when new students can try out shorter versions of regular yoga classes.
Because yoga instructors are not medical professionals, no licensing is required. Certification can be obtained through some yoga schools, however. Look for a teacher who has at least several years of experience and who continues to study and practice yoga actively.
While classes are recommended for beginners, there are also many yoga books and videotapes available to guide you.