Yoga (Sanskrit: योग) is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace.
The word 'yoga' originates from the sanskrit root 'yuj' which means union. On the spiritual plane , it means union of the individual self with the Universal Self. Yoga is the union of the body , mind, emotions and intellect.
The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali define yoga as "the stilling of the changing states of the mind"
(Sanskrit: योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:)
Sage Patanjali, who has written on this subject in his treatise Yoga Darshana defines yoga as chitta vritti nirodha. Chitta is the consciousness which includes the mind, the intellect and the ego. Yoga is a method of silencing the vibrations of the chitta.
The eight aspects (astanga) of yoga are :
It is credited to BKS Iyengar to have introduced yoga to the West, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular across the Western world.
"Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it."