Man is the known as the highest creation of God. Among all types of living species, he alone has the power to control his thoughts, actions and feelings using the power of this mind. Yoga is an ancient practise from India, which teaches man the art of transcending to an even higher level of consciousness, where his sense of the ‘self’ is obliterated and he becomes one with the Almighty God through his actions and thoughts.
Reaching that level of consciousness is not an easy task, considering that yogi’s in India dedicate their whole life to attain Moksha. However there are some basic fundamental approaches which everyone can follow to experience more peace and harmony in their lives.
- Hatha Yoga- Developed during the 12th century, the practises of Hatha Yoga, involves the use of some amount of force in practising various asana. Hatha Yoga is widely practised in the western countries and is one of the most popular forms of yogic practises followed by people all around the world.
- Jnana Yoga- This form of yoga is all about the liberation of the mind and attainment of wisdom through yogic practises.
- Raja Yoga- This is traditionally regarded as “classical yoga” and aims to teach the yogi the principals of gaining control over mind and emotions.
- Karma Yoga- Widely based on the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, Karma yoga teaches the philosophies of selfless action through which liberation can be achieved.
- Bhakti-Yoga- Bhakti yoga teaches the principals through which one can achieve state of spiritual enlightenment or liberation through the realisation of oneness with God.
- Tantra Yoga – Tantra Yoga is a form of yoga where two people in conjugation try to attain a common or universal consciousness by practising certain yogic principals and postures. Tantra yoga has nothing to do with sex or man- woman relationship.
- Mantra Yoga- Mantra yoga aims to attain liberation through continuous chanting of powerful words which creates a certain aura of empowerment around the reciter
Yoga is a gradual and slow process by which the conscious self-encompassing our thoughts, ideas and emotions is replaced by an understanding of the higher consciousness which can lead us on the path to true self-realisation.