WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is an enormous body of spiritual teachings and techniques developed by the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent over the last five thousand years. There are hundreds if not thousands of sects and schools of yoga, each with its distinctive doctrines and practices.
From the perspective of a beginning practitioner, the term yoga describes the goal sought through practice, as well as the means to realize it. Yoga means union, a reference to the state of body–mind–spirit harmony sought through various disciplines, which are also called yoga. Under this definition, one practices postures and meditation—two common disciplines of yoga—to harmonize his or her body and mind and access a state of unity—the goal of yoga.