The history of yoga is a long one!
Yoga is a Sanskrit term, roughly meaning yoke or union. Its definition implies its purpose; to unite the mind, body and spirit, enhancing health and improving your overall quality of life. Yoga is basically a non-denominational, holistic practice.
Yoga’s birthplace is India. It has been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which compiled existing knowledge of yoga philosophy some time around the second century BC, that it became systemized.
The Yoga sutras consist of an eight-limbed pathway. The pathway begins with two-codes of conduct, called yama (general ethical principles) and niyama (self-restraint). It continues with asana (postures) pranayama (breath control) pratyahara (withdrawl of the senses) dharana (concentration) dhyana (meditation) and finally, Samadhi (ecstasy) a self-realized state of being.