Yoga – Different Types of Yoga
Yoga is so much more than some physical activities to help us stay fit. Yoga is basically a Sanskrit word meaning "to yoke," "to join' or "to unite." In esoteric sciences this union refers to the union of the incarnated soul with the higher soul.
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ARHATIC comes from the word "Arhat", which means a highly evolved being. in Arhatic yoga, Master Choa has successfully synthesized and integrated the essence and powers of the 7 yogas to form one of the most powerful and the fastest ways for spiritual evolution. These are Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Laya/Kundalini yoga, Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, Mantra yoga and simplified Hatha yoga.
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The word haṭha literally means "force" and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In the 20th century, hatha yoga, particularly asanas (the physical postures), became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise, and is now colloquially termed as simply "yoga".
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Kundalini Yoga also known as laya yoga. It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation , pranayama or breathing exercise, chanting mantra and yoga asana.
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Karma yoga, or the "Yoga of action" is a form of yoga based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism. Of the three paths to realization, karma yoga is the process of achieving perfection in selfless action. Karma Yoga is primarily the practice of selfless service to humanity whereby a spiritual seeker attempts to give their actions selflessly without hoping for merit, fame or glory.
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Mantra yoga may also be referred to as Japa yoga. Japa is a Sanskrit word for the act of repeating mantras. Mantra yoga is a type of yoga that uses mantras to awaken the Self and deepen the meditative aspects of a physical yoga practice. Mantra yoga is an exact science that is meant to engage the mind through focusing on sound, duration and number of repetitions.
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Raja Yoga or Meditation on the Higher Soul is the practice of the concentration on and awareness of the ‘seed of consciousness’ or the ‘blue pearl’. When we meditate on the blue pearl, it opens the path of oneness with the higher soul. Similarly, the higher soul can contact the incarnated soul through the blue pearl.
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Jnana yoga literally means Yoga of Knowledge and Understanding. This is the path which will lead us to achieve divine illumination or spiritual oneness with the higher soul. Jnana yoga helps us in understanding who we really are! Here we are not referring to not only intellectual knowledge but spiritual knowledge.
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Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of love and also of devotion. It includes bhakti practices like praising the supreme god chants, prayers and songs.