The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to merge, join, unite. Yoga is a science, art and philosophy of life that integrates with each other the three planes of existence of the human being (mind, body and spirit), and the individual with the Universe, the Supreme, God or the Whole, through the shamadhi (state of happiness, harmony and fullness).

Yoga is one of the six fundamental systems of thought in India or Hinduism. It differs from the others by providing body control and attributed magical power to its advanced devotees.

Yoga is a spiritual and corporal discipline that allows the expulsion of the tensions and sorrows of daily life, of illnesses and fluctuations of the mind. It provides serenity and composure and a state of inner unity in the face of the different battles that we have to fight in our lives.

It is the art of knowing oneself and knowing the eternal truth. Yoga is the study of the functioning of the body, the mind, the intellect in the process of achieving liberation. It is the experience of self-acquired knowledge and not of what he has learned from books, of dealing with logic or theoretical argumentation.

The origin of yoga comes from India (2000 years BC), it exerted a powerful attraction on Hindus because of the wonders attributed to it and because it accredits the performance of austerities, to which Hindus are inclined. The great influence of yoga, on the other hand, can be suggested in Buddhism, which is also notable for its austerity, and for its spiritual exercises and transcendent states. As knowledge of yoga spread, it fascinated and gained a large following in the West.

In terms of classification, yoga is a philosophy (of life and practice). There are four types, all different and incompatible with each other. Therefore, whoever is dedicated to one of them should not mix it with another.

Many of the yogis (people who practice yoga) and almost all Western devotees are practitioners of yoga. Hatha (or physical yoga), is based on the control of breathing and body postures, achieving the exact combination of both. The other ramifications of yoga have a degree of complexity, they are disciplines more linked to Eastern cultures that make Yoga not only an exercise of well-being but a way of life, it is based more than anything on meditation. Among them are the Laya, Dhyana and Raya, the latter means “real”, “superlative”. Only a select few can access such an honor.