Flavors of Yoga

There are many flavors of Yoga. Some of them are given below:

  • Hatha-yoga : Physical and breathing exercises
  • Kundalini-yoga : Awaking and energizing various chakras from the body
  • Bhakti-yoga : Cultivation of ecstatic spiritual relationship with God
  • Mantra-yoga : Chanting of sacred prayers and names of God
  • Nada-yoga : Meditation on the Absolute in sound vibration
  • Raja-yoga : The eight limbed path of transcendental knowledge
  • Karma-yoga : Work as spiritual service

Though there are many paths their final goal is the same - union with God (or the Divine power). Which path one chooses depends on individual mind-body conditions. The path which is suitable for one may not be suitable to the other. That is why it is always said that one should practice Yoga under the able guidance of a Guru. Without guidance there is chance of going fruitless or even causing damage (some techniques really need careful attention) to the mind-body equipment.

Bipin Joshi is an independent software consultant, trainer, author, yoga mentor, and meditation teacher with over 24 years of experience in classical form of Yoga. He is an internationally published author and has authored or co-authored more than twelve books on .NET technologies. He has been awarded as a Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. He has also written a few Marathi books including Devachya Davya Hati and Natha Sankentincha Danshu. Having embraced the Yoga way of life he also teaches Ajapa Yoga to selected individuals.

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Posted On : 23 January 2005

Tags : Yoga Hatha Yoga Mantra Yoga Laya Yoga Raja Yoga Kriya Yoga Meditation Sadhana Spirituality

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