Yoga (Sanskrit: योग) is a generic term for the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace.Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means "union" and is interpreted as "union with the divine". One of the most detailed and thorough expositions on the subject is the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, which defines yoga as "the stilling of the changing states of the mind"(Sanskrit: योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:). Yoga is also interpreted as the yoke that connects beings to the machine of existence.


Generally put, yoga is a disciplined method utilized for attaining a goal. The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation) though the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated