Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Benefits Of Yoga And Types Of Yoga

Benefits Of Yoga And Types Of Yoga by Peter Sams

Yoga originated around 4000 years ago in the Far East as a spiritual practice designed to realize the Divine nature of the self. Today in the West, yoga usually includes three elements of the traditional yoga techniques: postures (or asanas in Sanskrit), breath control (or pranayama) and meditation. Imagine an activity that increases your flexibility, strengthens your muscles, centers your thoughts, and relaxes and calms you.

Types Of Yoga

Raja Yoga - This is attaining Yoga or unification and reach Samadhi or oneness by practicing the Ashtangas of Yoga like Yama, Niyama, etc. (which we discussed in the last article). One who achieves the yogic state by this mode is considered to be the Raja or King of Yoga - we can take Swami Vivekananda as an example.

Bhakthi Yoga - This reaching the ultimate oneness by sheer devotion and faith. Kuchela can be an example for this. The traditional bhakti yoga does not preach the traditional pranayama, mudra, yogasnas or controlled meditation. Instead of all these, bhakti yoga devotes attention towards loving God, surrender to obey God's will and love of God towards humanity.

Jivamukti Yoga: Developed in 1986 by Sharon Gannon and David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga method expresses the spiritual and ethical aspects of the practice of yoga that have been disregarded or devalued in contemporary times.

Ananda Yoga: Ananda Yoga classes focus on gentle postures designed to move the energy up to the brain and prepare the body for meditation. Classes also focus on proper body alignment and controlled breathing.


Any one of several paths of spiritual discipline intended to lead a person to deliverance from samsara and the realization of moksha--i.e., to at-onement with ultimate reality. Specifically, it means a "yoking" of the self by spiritual discipline, a method of training designed to lead to union of the human spirit with ultimate reality and release from the limits of the individual ego. Also called margas (paths to salvation).

Normally following a yoga involves apprenticeship to a guru (spiritual teacher or guide). In the universe, finance is one of the prime factors for any individual life. Without financial status, one's life may become misery. It determines and dictates terms to the individual life. It is our endeavor to inform some yogas which will determine one's financial status.

Movable sign having a planet or many planets gives the native some wealth, any two of the chara rasis occupied by planets brings honour and regards for the native. The native will be having the capacity to mesmerize the public at large, if three movable signs are filled by planets, the native has a very good appearance and wealth like Kubera (the God of wealth) when all charas having in them.


Increasing Flexibility - yoga has positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the 'radar screen' let alone exercised.

Massaging of ALL Organs of the Body - Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those - such as the prostate - that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime.

Excellent toning of the muscles - Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or slothy are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccidity.

Improvements in blood circulation Improvements in our capacity to breathe fully, and direct the breath to parts of our body. This is especially good for helping release stiffness and physical pain.

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