Darshan is derived from the Sanskrit, darsana, meaning “sight,” “vision” or “appearance.” In Hinduism, darshan is the act of beholding a deity, divine person, sacred object or natural spectacle, especially in a physical image form. Darshan also refers to the six Hindu philosophical systems: Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Purva Mimamsa and Vedanta.
The darshan of yoga is thousands of years old. The system and teachings of yoga darshan were codified and organized by Patanjali into the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali was not the creator of yoga, nor was he the first yoga teacher. However, he was the first that systematized and collected this darshan into one writing.