Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga 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; it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

Erica Robinson

Native New Yorker Erica Robinson is the founder of Asali Yoga  LLC and the creator of Asali Flow Method. Erica has had a passion for motion, mind and spirit since she was a young child. Previously trained in dance with Alvin Ailey Dance Center, and Howard University, she explored her love of movement and discovered the magnificent benefits of Yoga and Pilates. In addition to her BS in psychology from Howard University, and MA in education from Sarah Lawrence College, she received her Hatha/Vinyasa yoga certifications from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center and her Pilates Mat certification from the Kane School of Core Integration.  Erica also studied with excellent teachers at Jivamukti Yoga Center, and Kula Yoga Project in NYC. Erica taught Yoga & Pilates for the best fitness centers throughout Manhattan including Equinox and Crunch.  Erica loves finding ways to make life beautiful through various art forms including epicure and gardening, and hosts blissful and rejuvenating yoga retreats.  She also has an aromatics company, Asali Aromatics, which offers delightful artisan honey soaps & body oils with nature’s aromatics. Only using natural ingredients, premium essential oils & absolutes while omitting all synthetics, the line is dedicated to sustainable methods.