Yoga is derived from the word "Yoke" and some say it means "union" as the two oxen are tied together with a yoke. But a yoke is used with just one animal, too. Therefore it is much more likely that the word means control, or discipline.
Yoga is a way of life, yoga is an art of living. Everything we do is a yoga pose, every relationship we engage in is a yoga action, every breath is a yoga moment…Yoga is a state of mind. Ideally, a clear peaceful mind, that is what we practice.
Yoga is often used as a means of connecting to God. The ancient Vedas taught that there are seven basic schools of yoga (one of which is never names). But today there are many schools or sampradajas with different forms of yoga. All teachings guide an embodied spirit in a (non)-personal relationship to God.
The native yoga-paths are a part of the Vedic culture we refer to today as Hinduism,. because the Vedic teachings have remained in the Indian sub-continent unchanged longer than they have in other locations. It seems as if these philosophies were known all over the world.
The Yoga of the mind, mental yoga, meditation.
The yoga of the philosopher and thinker who wants to go beyond the visible, material reality.
An ancient universal science in which the disciple can excel quickly in their spiritual journey