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What is Yoga ?

The word yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit language of ancient India, is related to the word yoke. Yoga is the union of body mind and spirit; the union of your individuality with the divine intelligence that orchestrates the universe; the union of a person’s own consciousness with the universal consciousness. 

Yoga is a state of being in which the elements and forces that comprise your biological organism are in harmonious interaction with the elements of the cosmos.  Established in this state, you will experience enhanced physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and you will increasingly notice the spontaneous fulfillment of your desires.

When union of mind, body and spirit is pursued, there is spontaneous blossoming of intuition, insight, imagination, creativity, meaning and purpose. You make correct choices that benefit not only you but also everyone else affected by your choices.

There is a generalised misconception that yoga is simply the postural exercises that help you become or stay fit and trim, control your weight and reduce your stress levels. This physical discipline is only one aspect of this integrative discipline, but there are other elements as well that are fundamental components of this ancient and rich knowledge tradition that dates back 5,000 years.

Four Forms of Yoga:

Gyan yoga, is the path of the intellect, the yoga of understanding, science and the knowledge of nature’s laws. In this path, science plays an integral part in our spiritual awakening.

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of love and devotion and the expression and blossoming of love in all your relationships. It is thorough the relationships with others that we discover our higher Self. If you pay attention to love, think about love, express love, respond to gestures of love and make love the basis for all your choices, then you are practicing Bhakti yoga.

Karma yoga is the yoga of action. When we cultivate the inner attitude of recognizing that our thoughts and actions come from the divine and return to the divine, then we are Karma yogis. The true practice of Karma yoga leads to spontaneous detachment from outcome and one-pointed focused mindfulness as we perform our actions.

Raja yoga is also known as the royal path because it is rich and abundant in knowledge and experience. It is the path of union through practices that take your awareness inward. The essence of Raja yoga is an integration of body mind and soul thorough procedures that enhance mind-body coordination. These techniques awaken poise, grace, strength and the development of centered awareness even in the midst of chaos and turmoil.

The practice of Raja yoga improve your physical health and your mental clarity while heightening your senses of perception.  As a consequence, you are able to experience increased vitality along with better mental and physical capacity. Practitioners have greater enjoyment of life, while enthusiasm and inspiration become an everyday experience.

Raja yoga helps you practice the other yogas with greater ease, effortlessness and joy. When you feel physically vital, emotionally stable and psychologically centered your ability and desire to love and express authentic compassion expand.

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