Your are wise to take it in small steps. Most people try to make too many changes at once, lose their focus, end up frustrated and quit. It is good to challenge yourself, though. Pushups are my weakness, because I don't have a lot of strength in my arms. So I have been doing pushups every night before going to bed to gain more strength in my upper arms and shoulders. I have seen good benefits from doing them in my yoga sessions.
The thing with me is that if I get too comfortable in an exercise, I get sloppy about doing it. I don't seem to put as much effort into it. But if an exercise is challenging, I want to keep trying to do it, and try to do a little bit more each time. When I first started doing cardio walking, my back was so bad, that it was painful for me to do some of the steps and I wanted to not have to do it just to avoid the pain. But I found a way to do a little more each day, kind of moving through the pain, but gently so I didn't create more injury. That's when I also started doing my strength training. Today, I am amazed at how pain-free my back is and how much more flexible it is. Yoga is also helping with increasing that flexibility and strength.
So, you see, it's not impossible...you just have to be willing to give it time and to work at it.
Oh, yes, yoga is very good for your mind...you focus on your breath and it's very calming and stress-relieving. In yoga, the breath comes first, and that allows you to move gradually deeper and deeper into a pose.
Last Edited: 1:07pm PDT, September 19th 2007