Originated in India reportedly more than five thousand years ago, yoga is an ancient practice. It is done in almost every part of the world.
Yoga is derived from the word ‘yuj’ which is a Sanskrit word meaning unity of something. Through Yoga, one can attain a balance in his life physically, mentally as well as spiritually.
The ultimate aim of Yoga is ‘kaivalya’ again a Sanskrit word.
This basically means free from everything or ultimate freedom. This is relative to the teachings of Buddhism. The practitioners of Yoga are called as ‘Yogis’.
Further, the ones who teach Yoga are called as ‘Gurus’ meaning teacher. Once a person is a disciple of a Guru, he remains his disciple for his whole life.
Although there is no written record of the origination of Yoga, the first written record is believed to be written by ‘Patanjali’.
He was a Yogic Sage who lived some 2500 years ago. Patanjali wrote the ‘Sutras’ or threads which are the description of Yoga in a detailed manner.
This led to the teaching of yoga to the people.
The most influential person who spread Yoga to the whole world was Swami Vivekananda. He was the one who himself practiced Yoga and always told people around him “You should also do yoga with me”