Following are some Principles to understand the aspects of Yoga:
The following are the most common traditions of yoga:
- Yoga is
what is traditionally called a liberation teaching. It guides us to free
ourselves from our historical limitations of who and what we were, to become
something greater and better.
- To truly learn, understand and achieve ultimate success in Yoga,
proper instructions from a proper teacher (Guru) must be followed.
- Because everybody has their different strengths and weaknesses,
Yoga has various styles that have been developed over time.
These are the alternative portals into the mysteries of Yoga and thus
our own consciousness.
- Raja-Yoga is the "Royal Yoga" aiming at liberation through
meditation, which is for practitioners who are capable of intense concentration.
- Jnana-Yoga is the "Yoga of Wisdom" aiming at liberation
through the steady application of higher wisdom that clearly distinguishes
between the real and the unreal
- Karma-Yoga is the "Action Yoga" aiming at liberation through
self-transcending service, relinquishing the ego.
- Bhakti-Yoga is the "Devotional Yoga" aiming at liberation
through self-surrender in the face of the Divine
- Hatha-Yoga is the "Forceful Yoga" aiming at liberation through
- Tantra-Yoga is the "Continuity Yoga" aiming at liberation
through visualization, ritual, subtle energy work, and the perception
of the identity of the ordinary world and the transcendental Reality
- Mantra-Yoga is the "Yoga of Potent Sound" aiming at liberation
through the repetition (aloud or mental) of empowered sounds (such as
om, hûm, ram, hare Krishna, etc.)
- Laya Yoga is a practical art of meditation and contemplation based
on the ancient knowledge relating to chakras (energy centres).
- Swara Yoga is the science, which is a complete study of observations,
control and manipulation of breath or Swara.
- Yoga is a journey of theory and practice. In order to adapt Yoga properly
and successfully, one must pay attention to the ideas behind its practical
disciplines and to the exercises and techniques encompassing its theories.
This calls for thoughtful and mindful practice. For instance, regular
and correct practice of the yogic postures will definitely help us maintain
good physical health.
- All forms of Yoga have their basic laws. They stand for moral virtues
like nonviolence, truthfulness, and abstention from theft, compassion
and kindness. Basically one could say it's about living a positive life.
Without a firm grounding in these moral principles, Yoga cannot lead
us to its ultimate goal of liberation.
- All approaches require commitment. If we fear change and cling to
our old habits, we cannot succeed in Yoga. The practice of Yoga calls
for considerable personal effort, which involves self-discipline.
- Yoga is made up of a lot of practice, both physical and mental. These
can be broken down into two major categories:
- The first is the repeated performance of exercises or techniques that
are intended to produce a positive state of mind.
- The second is the complementary practice of letting go of old behavior
patterns, habits or attachments that hold us back.
- Focus is the key to improve the art of Yoga. With focus comes control
and power. The power in question is the energy of consciousness itself.
- Get back to basics, the more we untangle our lives the better we will
- Yoga is a progressive process of replacing our unconscious thought
patterns and behavior with new, more beneficial patterns that are helpful
towards a better life. It takes time to achieve this goal of self-transformation,
and therefore practitioners of Yoga must first be willing to commit
to a lifetime to yogic practice. There must be a basic want to grow,
regardless of whether or not we will achieve enlightenment in this lifetime.
It is one of Yoga's fundamental beliefs that no effort is ever wasted;
even the slightest attempt at transforming ourselves makes a difference.
It is our patient and continuous effort that grows into self-realization
sooner or later.