Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that combines breathing exercises, meditation, and poses designed to improve strength, flexibility, and balance. It is used to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve overall health and well-being.
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning union. It is an ancient system of physical and psychic practice that originated during the Indus Valley civilization in South Asia. The first written records of this methodology appeared around 200 BC in Yogasutra of Patanjali. The system consists of the eightfold path, or Asthangayoga. A contemporary interpretation of yoga describes yoga as a systematic practice aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment.