Yoga means to yoke (to unite) with the source of our Being (pure Beingness is pure
Awareness and not nothingness).
Agni Yoga is mainly practiced in India where it is based on Vedic knowledge. In Sanskrit,
Agni means "fire" and is the name of the Vedic "Fire-God". Agni is
invoked by traditional Vedic ceremonies and fire rituals. Agni Yoga also involves breath
and mind control to raise Kundalini.
Ashtanga is also called the "Eightfold Yoga of Pantanjali". It is another
name for Raja Yoga.
The Yoga of Love and Devotion. A Bhakta (devotee) or Bhakti Yogi transcends the ego with
the all-consuming power of his/her devotion to the omnipresent Being with or without any
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yoga of transcendental Knowledge.
While most Hatha Yoga classes concentrate on the physical aspects in order to
increase flexibility, and improve one’s health, Hatha Yoga by itself can be the tool for
Self-realization. To this end Hatha Yoga uses Pranayama and Mudras. Since these exercises
force the ascend of the dormant energy Kundalini, Hatha Yoga is also called the "Yoga
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1. Asanas (postures),
2. Cleansing techniques,
3. Pranayama (control of breathing with retention),
4. Bandhas (locks) and Mudras (seals) for the regulation of Prana (life-force) and
Kundalini (dormant energy), and
5. Samadhi (Holy Trance or ecstatic realization of the Self).
The Jnana Yogi searches the Self either by concentrating on the first thought
"I" until even that thought disappears or by investigating the answer to the
question "Who am I?". The Self, when found, reveals It-Self always as pure
Related page: Jnana Yoga: The Yoga
The technique, as introduced by Paramahansa Yogananda and the Kriya line of
teachers, employs a mixture of Hatha, Bhakti, Karma, Mantra, and Jnana Yoga. It is
distinguished by a unique technique of Kriya Pranayamas for the purpose of controlling the
"Life-force" and ultimately coaxing it to ascend.
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Kundalini Yoga techniques are employed to directly force the dormant power to
The Laya Yogi may use visualization and mantra to dissolve the mind in
transcendental Bliss, into the beingness of the Self.
Mantra Yoga binds the mind to one thought until the restless mind is dissolved.
As with any other Yoga technique pure Awareness is the result. Mantra Yoga is a gift for
all seekers of the Truth who find it difficult or impossible because of age or affliction
to study Hatha Yoga or some of the other traditions which demand more time, flexibility,
devotion, and so on.
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Nidra Yoga is often called the Yoga of "Sleep". Of course, Yoga sleep
is different from normal sleep. In Nidra Yoga, the Yogi may lay down on his back and close
the eyes but his empty mind tries to enter what normally is experienced as deep sleep in
This state is also called the "Fourth State", in which one is fully aware of
one’s own pure Awareness but nothing else. There are no thoughts and no worldly
impressions. The Yogi may return fully rested and restored in many ways.
Raja Yoga is also called the "Eightfold Yoga", the "Royal
Yoga", and "Pantanjali’s Yoga". When the Hatha Yogi is properly prepared,
Raja Yoga meditations are added to complete the Union (Yoga) with the ultimate Reality.
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Sapta Yoga is also called the "Sevenfold Yoga". Sapta Yoga
1. Shodhana (cleanliness),
2. Dridhata (firmness),
3. Sthairya (stability),
4. Dhairya (constancy),
5. Laghava (lightness),
6. Pratyaksha (perception),
7. Nirlipta (nondifilement)
(We thank ‘Yogatones’ for the following definition.)
Viniyoga is essentially the adaptation of yoga to the individual rather than the
individual to yoga. This tradition is based on principles practised and taught by renowned
Shr T Krishnamacharya. The practice focuses on combining correct breathing with both
dynamic and static asanas. The asanas are modified, varied and adapted according to each
student’s particular circumstances and individual requirements.
The practice can also include pranayama, sound or mantra, where appropriate. The aim is to
bring about a balance or reintegration of body, breath and mind. For this reason the
classes are either on a one to one basis or small groups. AG Mohan, TKV
Desikachar, and Gary Kraftsow are the most well known teachers of this method in the
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