Yoga is a school of philosophy and a path of knowledge with the aim of uniting one with oneself, which has its origins in India. The word comes from the Samskrit root "yuj", which means "to yoke", "unite" or "to connect".
Patañjali is regarded as the forefather of a yoga philosophy based on eight steps, which began around 500 BC.
Yoga as an ancient spiritual path of practice has its roots in India.
In the 20th century a modern form of yoga arrived in the West through T. Krishnamacharya, which in turn was influenced by Western forms of gymnastics, breathing training, bodybuilding or mediccal science.