Harmony & Wellness By Vedic Yoga
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines. The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.
The word in itself means "union" of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Though many people think of yoga only as physical exercises, these asanas or postures displayed on the right have gained widespread popularity in recent decades. These are only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul.
- Hatha Yoga - a system of physical postures, or asanas, whose higher purpose is to purify the body, giving awareness and control over its internal states and rendering it fit for meditation.
- Karma Yoga - selfless service to others, without attachment to the results; and the performance of all actions with the consciousness of God as the Doer.
- Mantra Yoga - centering the consciousness within through japa, or the repetition of certain universal root-word sounds representing a particular aspect of Spirit.
- Bhakti Yoga - all-surrendering devotion through which one strives to see and love the divinity in every creature and in everything, thus maintaining an unceasing worship.
- Jnana (Gyana) Yoga - the path of wisdom, which emphasizes the application of discriminative intelligence to achieve spiritual liberation.
- Raja Yoga - the royal or highest path of Yoga, immortalized by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and formally systematized.