Yoga means to yoke, join, or unite with that field of
Origin which we have termed God.

Yoke (English) and Joch (German) are both
directly derived from Yuga or Yoga (Sanskrit).

Some rare individuals are still looking at Yoga as
something strange and even unholy. However, many claims, including the health benefits and
improvements in intuition and one’s power of concentration, are now supported by various
scientific studies. If you are interested in Scientific Research into the many benefits of
Yoga, you may want to check out the page Yoga and

Yoga is part of the six original systems
of Hindu philosophy. The Bhagavad Gita mentions three major Yoga systems called Karma
Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga.
There are at least two more major Yoga
systems. In his Yoga Sutras, Patanjali deals with Ashtanga
which is now generally referred to as Radja Yoga. Kriya
is also mentioned in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras and in the Bhagavad Gita
assuring its place among the great Yoga systems.
Finally, there is Hatha Yoga which is introduced in the classic Hatha
Yoga Pradipika. One should not forget to mention that there are a number of equally
important sub-systems like Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Siddha Yoga, Tantra
Yoga, Integral Yoga, etc.

Hatha Yoga,
Radja Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga), Jnana
Yoga, Mantra Yoga,
Kriya Yoga,  and Bhakti Yoga

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Ha and tha, the sun and moon, refer to the
two opposite currents that regulate all processes in our body. There is nothing mysteries
about it because any thing in our universe exists because of a positive and negative
charge. Hatha Yoga, Radja Yoga, and Kriya Yoga are specifically dealing with the intention
of gaining control over the flow of these life-currents.
Hatha Yoga is known for the asanas or postures. The first effects felt are usually
improved health and strengthened nervous system. Some Hatha Yogis may even demonstrate
control over internal organs, blood flow, and breathing. The ability of some Yogis to even
stop the breathing and heart beat completely for a period of time has been demonstrated
under laboratory settings. There are many good books available on this subject and one is
wise to have a copy handy that also include pictures of the various asanas and mudras.

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Radja Yoga:

Radja Yoga means royal and is sometimes
called the crown of Hatha Yoga. Radja adds concentration after body and mind are cleaned
and trained to stay calm and attentive. The improvement in our power of concentration, as
a result of Radja Yoga, moves all our attention towards the source of our Being in order
to become that Being. Radja Yoga is also a complete system. It is also refered to as
Ashtanga Yoga because of the eight limps the system rests on.
The eight limps are:
1. Restraints (yamas: harmlessness, truthfulness, non-stealing, control of senses, etc.)
2. Disciplines (niyamas: cleanliness, purification of body, mind and nervous system, study
metaphysical principles, contemplation on God.
3. Postures (asanas)
4. Control of breathing and life-currents (pranayama)
5. Turning the attention within (pratyahara)
6. Concentration (dharana)
7. Meditation (dhyana: prolonged periods of perfect concentration and contemplation)
8. Holy Trance (Samadhi)

The following organizations are an excellent source
of various Yoga disciplines:

  • Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science
    and Philosophy
    RR1, Box 400, Honesdale, PA 18431. Phone:

  • Ma Yoga Shakti International Mission 114-23 Lefferts Blvd.,
    South Ozone Park, NY 11420. Phone: 718-641-0402

  • Shree Maa at Devi Mandir, 5950 Highway 128, Napa, CA 94558

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Bhakti Yoga (Union through Devotion and Love):

Bhakti Yoga is nothing else than to
follow the ‘First Commandment’ which says: " to love God
with all your heart, mind and soul."
This is the Yoga of selfless love,
compassion, humility, purity and the desire and serious intention to merge with God. The
following persons are known as outstanding examples of Bhakti Yogis.

  • Daya Mata

  • Shree Maa

  • Anandamayi Ma
    (1896 – 1982)

  • Mother Tesesa (1910 – 1997)

  • Ma Yoga Shakti

  • Mata
    Amritanandamayi (Ammachi)

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Related Links:

Jnana Yoga, Mantra
Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Self-realization

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Yoga: The systematic path to Self-awareness and knowledge of God.
Jnana Yoga,
Kriya Yoga, Kriya Yoga Tree, Radja Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti
Mantra YogaYoga and Science ( Scientific Studies of the benefits of
Yoga and Meditation.)

Ramana MaharshiSamadhi ( Savikalpa, Nirvikalpa, and Sahaja Samadhi)
What’s New
(News concerning Yoga and Metaphysics)
Yoga Centers in Canada (States will follow shortly)
Guidelines and Explanation for Spiritual Growth and
Self-awareness  –   Concentration and Meditation – Alternate Nostril Breathing –
Herbs of Interest for Yogis
Gurus and Disciples
From a genuine Guru-Disciple relationship to the
display of cult-like behavior
Shifting our state of
Triggering spiritual insight, revelation,
experience, and change through contemplation of key statements.

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Spiritual Growth
What is Spiritual Growth?  –
 Spirituality:  where to begin?  –  Best Attitude for Spiritual
Growth  – 
Testing for Spirituality – Is there any spiritual comfort for the aged, the
terminally ill, or anyone facing or fearing death?

The fastest Path to God
Religious Concepts revisited
(This page deals with concepts such as the
nature of God, Heaven, devil, hell, reincarnation, purgatory, eternal life, etc.)
The Soul:
Definitions – Beliefs – Proofs
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Saints and Sages
Masters of Yoga:   Saints, Sages, and
Self-realized Persons

(Daya Mata, Shree Maa, Roy Davis, Ma Yoga Shakti,
Ammachi …)

Related pages: Ramana Maharshi – Anandamayi Ma – Satya Sai Baba –
Shankara – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
– Paramahansa Yogananda
Saints of the World

(An extensive listing of the Great Saints of the World: Christian,
Hindu, Sufi, Buddhism…)
Sainthood (Page II): What are
Saints?  –  Brief Descriptions of
Saints (Page III)

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Metaphysics and Yoga: Metaphysics is
to Yoga what Theory is to Practice.
On the Nature of God

Proof for the
Existence of God
(This is
a growing text page. For newer proof go to Awareness)

Self-Knowledge (A short outline, based on Shankara’s treatise, for advanced

Shankara – Vedanta

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Books and Programs
Books and Programs

– The Center of Being

Awareness is a complete guide to
Self-awareness with a unique new proof for the existence of God.
Wellness – The
Program on CD-ROM
This is an extensive Data-bank covering herbal,
homeopathic, nutritional, and other remedies.
Books by Roy
Eugene Davis
Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda

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Alternative Health Links

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Metaphysical Book Stores in Canada
(States will
follow shortly)
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