The Brahmin caste likely developed sometime during or after the era of the Gupta Empire (3rd to 6th centuries CE). Its members had a significant impact on and power over Hindu philosophy as they were considered trusted spiritual leaders. In the early history of Hinduism and Vedic religion, Brahmins focused their worship on Brahma, the creator, whose power brought the universe to life and made it function. The derivative word brahman denotes absolute reality.
One could aspire to become a part of the Brahmin caste by reaching a more divine social status. In Hinduism, one of the ways to connect with the Divine or become closer to divine Truth was through the practice of yoga.