Originated in ancient India, Yoga is an accumulation of physical, mental and spiritual practices. Katha Upanishad defines yoga as “When the five senses, along with the mind, remain still and the intellect is not active, that is known as the highest state. They consider yoga to be firm restraint of the senses. Then one becomes un-distracted for yoga is the arising and the passing away.”
The word yoga means union in Sanskrit. Many of the yoga traditions believe that the practices of yoga lead to union of a person with his or her true nature, or with God or the universe.
Yoga has a 5,000-year history in ancient Indian philosophy; Yogis and Yoginis have said to have practiced yoga way before there even was any form of written account of its existence.
The Yoga Sutra is the earliest written record of yoga (around 2000 years ago) and one of the oldest texts in existence, and provides the framework for all modern yoga.