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The word "Yoga" from the Sanskrit for "yoke" means union, union of breath, body and mind. It is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline originating in India dating back probably to about 3000 years BC.  based on the philosophy of Patanjali who wrote down a series of yoga sutras outlining practises and ways of living.
 
This self-discipline involved asanas (postures that we associate with modern yoga), meditation, yamas (or moral rules of things not to do) and niyamas (rules of conduct or disciplines in order to live well)
Yoga arrived in the west in the mid 19th Century and became associated in the western mind as a form of exercise,or a way of improving physical health and reducing stress