Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. Ancient yoga scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, and often brings in poetry or uplifting readings from wise spiritual leaders and teachers from around the globe. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.