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The term yoga originated from the Sanskrit word "Yuj," which means to unite or yoke. It also connotes harmony, which involves attaining balance and fulfilment in all aspects of an individual's life—body, mind, and soul. At an advanced level, a yogi can experience universal consciousness by merging the self with the supreme. Although many Westerners view Yoga as a physical exercise, it is a comprehensive scientific system that originated in India, encompassing many areas such as philosophy, psychology, mysticism, religion, music, literature, dance, and other art forms. -yoga1


Yoga is a classical Indian philosophy mentioned in the Vedas that dates back to 5000 BC. The Indus Valley civilization, dating back to 3000 BC, provides the earliest archaeological evidence of Yoga in stone seals depicting yoga poses. According to legend, Lord Shiva initially passed on knowledge of Yoga to his wife, Parvati, and later to all of humanity.


Yoga aims to help individuals discover the truth by understanding their true nature and the universe. This leads to liberation from Karma, the cycle of cause and effect that keeps us tied to earthly life. In the highest state of yogic realization, one can reconnect with their true self, characterized by eternal existence, supreme wisdom, and absolute bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda). Yoga is considered a spiritual journey that leads to inner peace, happiness, and understanding and serves as a sign of progress and motivation to continue practicing.


Yogic teachings offer the freedom to think, rationalize, and choose a path based on personal preference. In modern India, numerous gods, techniques, and schools strive for the same goal and coexist. Additionally, new yoga styles are frequently emerging, mainly from the West. However, all of them can be classified under the following broad categories:

1. JNANA YOGA: Yoga of Wisdom – the path of intellectual philosophy and non-dualism.
2. BHAKTI YOGA: Yoga of Love – the path of devotion to a divine personality and non-dualism.
3. KARMA YOGA: Yoga of Action – the way to spiritualize our day-to-day life with selflessness.
4. RAJA YOGA: Yoga of Meditation – mastering the mind and mystical experiences.

It's important to understand that there are no strict divisions between the different paths, and one can integrate the teachings and beliefs of each one. They all share the same objective. Yogis have the freedom to explore and try different approaches simultaneously.


Yoga has many misunderstandings, one being that it is associated with a specific religion. However, Yoga is not a religion but a collection of techniques for spiritual exploration. In reality, individuals of various faiths, such as Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims, practice Yoga.

There is a common misunderstanding that Yoga is solely for physical fitness. While it is partially true, this belief is mistaken. Yoga promotes spiritual growth by strengthening the body, which is crucial for overall wellness. Yoga goes beyond just physical exercise and encompasses mental and spiritual aspects.


Absolutely! Anyone open to learning Yoga's philosophy and ideas can participate. There is no need for specialized equipment or clothing, just a desire for a healthier, stress-free lifestyle.

Starting Yoga to achieve a great body or stay fit is entirely valid. However, as you progress and purify your body, you may reflect on yourself and seek inner peace. Yoga not only helps to keep your body healthy, but it also exercises your mind. You can pave the way towards a more fulfilling life by attaining a healthy body and mind.