Yoga is a holistic practice, meant to rejuvenate the body and mind, is a combination of asanas or bodily postures, breathing processes, and meditation.
Classical practices focus on all aspects of yogic discipline. Classical schools of yoga, with spiritual advancement in mind, accept the tenets elaborated in the sacred Vedic texts. The Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita act as the backbone of most classical schools.
Modern forms of yoga focus on asanas and their physical benefits, including flexibility and strength. In recent times, yoga has gained much popularity in different parts of the world. The physical and mental benefits of its practice have been widely recognised. In many Western countries, yoga is seen as a form of physical exercise. Today, yoga is commonly understood as a secular physical discipline as well.