Yoga is the traditional knowledge of ancient India, used for strengthening body, mind, and soul using meditation techniques and poses known as ASANAS. Yoga is an Art and Science of keeping body healthy and mind peaceful.
Even though yoga is a part of Hindu religious tradition, it is well known in western countries for its healing power and effectiveness.
The word ‘ Yoga’ came from Sanskrit word “yuj”(the union) and the union of mind and body leads to an ultimate state of attainment of Samadhi (a state of ultimate concentration achieved through meditation).
There are many different variations of yoga practices and some modern techniques are not even related to ancient yoga techniques.
Yoga techniques do not use any machinery or power from external sources. You are doing your exercises in your own home without hurting anybody or using natural resources.
Types of yoga
Yoga has many branches and disciplines and each of them has its own school of thought uniqueness. Traditionally, yoga consists of eight fundamental types:
- Karma Yoga
- Bhakti Yoga
- Jnana Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Purna Yoga
- Tantra Yoga
- Maha Yoga and
- Ashtanga or Raja Yoga.
Hatha yoga is the most popular form of yoga practice in Western countries, due to its simplicity and health benefits. The term yoga often refers to Hatha yoga and its postures, movements, and breathing techniques.
All other forms are related to Hindu religious beliefs and it is beyond the scope of this web site to explain about them.