Yoga, Yoga Types, Yoga India

Features & Types of Yoga

Some of the features of Yoga are as follows:

A Universal practical discipline:

Yoga is a psychological, physiological and spiritual discipline that has been an integral part of our Indian culture for centuries. Yoga is a complete science of life that originated about thousands of years ago in India and still been practiced in India for centuries.


Yoga is a process or system that maintains not only the health but also generate a sense of happiness and fulfillment. It also encourages personal growth and development. Yoga brings the mind and body into a mutual state of well being, balance, ease and vibrant alertness.

Positive approach to health:

The health of the human being is influenced by various factors. Yoga is one of the system that includes all these factors. These factors are regular exercise in the form of physical postures, proper breathing, sufficient rest and relaxation, meditation, positive thinking and balanced diet. Thus Yoga is an important, natural, preventive measure to ensure good health.

Self therapy:

Yoga is a self therapy. It is a self therapy in the sense that one can perform this discipline on his own. Yoga involves different breathing techniques and postures which are known as Asanas or postures. Postures, Proper Breathing, Relaxation and meditation are a important part of Yoga.

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Types of Yoga

There are different types of Yoga. These types of Yoga differ from one way or another. The different types of Yoga are Mantra or Japa Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma yoga, Gyana Yoga and Raja Yoga.

Japa Yoga:
All verses in Vedas are known as Mantras. Mantra Yoga or Japa Yoga is originated from the Vedic Science and Tantra. In the Mantra yoga, any person who chant or sing mantras can achieve the ultimate salvation or union with supreme consciousness. Mantra yoga or "yoga of potent sound," aims at concentration of mind through the verbal or mental repetition of the divine name or mantra such as "Om," "Hum," "Allah", "Vahe Guru" or "Ram".

Karma Yoga:
Karma Yoga is a path of devotion to the work. The Karma Yoga teaches us to perform all actions without having any desire for the fruit. In this sadhana a Yogi considers his duty as a divine action, performs it with whole hearted dedication but shuns away all desires. In the holy book 'Bhagvad Gita' the Karma Yoga has been described as that one should always do the work with complete dedication without considering about the fruits.

Bhakti Yoga:
Bhakti Yoga is a yoga of devotion or complete faith. This faith is generally in the god or supreme consciousness in any of the forms like Lord Rama, Krishna, Christ, Mohammed, Buddha etc. Most of the people suppress their emotions and that often reflects in the form of physical and mental disorders. This Bhakti Yoga releases those suppressed emotions and brings the purification of inner self. The true follower of Bhakti Yoga is free from egoism, humble and unaffected by the dualities of the world.

Gyana Yoga:
Gyana means 'knowledge'. But in the context of Yoga, Gyana Yoga is the process of converting intellectual knowledge into practical wisdom. Gyana Yoga is described as a means to obtain the highest meditative state and inner knowledge. This Yoga teaches us to discriminate between the self and non-self and to acquire the knowledge of one’s spiritual entity through the study of scriptures, company of Saints and practice of meditation.

Raja Yoga:
Raja Yoga refers to the eight stages of yoga that are described in the Yoga sutras. The Raja Yoga is popularly known as "Ashtanga Yoga". Raja Yoga is meant for the all round development of human personality. This type of yoga deals with the refinement of human behaviour and personality through the practice of the Yamas (restraint), Niyama (discipline), Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breath control techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawl of senses), Dharana (Concentration), Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (absorption in the universal identity). People who are capable of intense concentration mainly practice this form of yoga.



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