Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. It joins body and mind through breathing, prana in sanskrit. This union is created about through a sequence of positions named Asanas. In yoga, asana refers both to the place in which a practitioner (yogi if male, yogini if female) sits and the pose which they hold, but Asanas are also performed as physical exercise where they are sometimes referred to as "yoga postures" or "yoga positions". Yoga is nowadays considered part of the path that approaches meditation in a Buddhist way. As a matter of fact, Buddhist meditation encompasses a variety of meditation techniques that aim to develop mindfulness,concentration, supramundane powers, tranquility, and insight.