Those who practice yoga generally fall into one of two categories. Those who practice in order to stay fit, swearing by the movements as a way to exercise the body in a way no other exercise program can achieve. The other uses yoga as a way to create a meditation of sorts, a mind body connection that helps them to go deep within themselves to where their Source can be heard.
WFTV from Orlando in this recent post, explores the origin of yoga, offering a clear perspective on how the practice can help you to better meditate. According to the article, while numerous yoga forms have emerged, each focuses on three structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation.
TYPES OF YOGA: According to the American Yoga Association, hundreds of different forms and schools of Yoga practice exist, but a few have grown in prominence and popularity. Perhaps the most commonly known is Hatha Yoga, which includes frequently-implemented exercise postures and movements, as well as key breathing methods. Raja Yoga, also called the “royal road,” is aptly named due to its well-rounded incorporation of breathing, exercise, meditation and study. Jnana Yoga is said to be the most difficult type, as it involves disciplining oneself into following “the path of wisdom.” More strictly deistic types of Yoga include Bhakti and Karma, both of which are centered around a devotion to, and personal relationship with, God. Tantra Yoga is unique in its use of diagrams, words and movements designed to make manifest one’s “unseen consciousness.” Another strong yogic ideology is found in Kashmir Shaivism, which assigns interdependent male and female qualities to everything found in the universe, relying on emotion to achieve balance between them.
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