Yoga is sanskrit for, “listen”. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, and most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west. In Indian traditions, yoga is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core around mindfulness.
Practising yoga in India is a special experience. The Backwaters in Kerala, in, ‘God’s own Country,’ provided an inspiring environment for a daily morning practise.