All the Yogas

A Brief Overview

Jnana Yoga

Yoga of Knowledge (Wisdom)

Take the time to question everything. Internally question everything you have ever been taught; everything you read, see and experience. Question the validity of it. Through questioning, meditation, and great works, wisdom is attained. Real wisdom, not superficial. Not generational wisdom. This is not the wisdom that your grandma passed down to you. This is yoga of inquiry.

Karma Yoga

Yoga of selfless action. Selfless not as in do all things for others. That is a nice thing to do but it not the actual point of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is selfless in terms of no self. Giving up the worn, tattered sense of self you have been dragging around with you and allow for the real self to emerge. Let the old man die and begin anew. This is selfless action. Act from a place of newness, freshness. Through meditation and presence, the sense of ego, the little “I” is dissipated.

Bhakti Yoga

Love and Devotion

The yoga of peace and love. Love everyone, the real everyone. Look past the outer shell; beneath is the real everyone. Practice seeing this is yourself and in others. Begin to see the true self, not the one presented to the world. Bhakti sees you and everything as pure love. This one’s all about love and probably the most misunderstood. To study this from an egoic perspective makes it confusing.

Raja Yoga

Royal Yoga

A king or a queen often conquers. In this form of yoga, conquer the mind, the internal nature through concentration, meditation and one-pointed attention. Tame the wild nature of the mind and watch as your internal nature begins to settle down. Through meditation and observation, you begin to see the real self.

Studio Yoga

Yoga Nidra – a yoga practice found in many studios, complete conscious relaxation. It's not the same as restorative because it is more of a guided meditation into conscious rest.

Ashtanga Yoga – a studio practice where the same series of poses is completed. Its physically challenging!

Vinyasa Yoga – what is usually thought of as yoga. Series of poses usually in some flow format. Sun salutations, twists, triangle, warrior series, etc. Links movement with breath.

Hatha Yoga – studio yoga with poses often held a bit longer than in Vinyasa. Links poses and breath.

Hot Yoga – Usually vinyasa with the temperature in the room turned up. Sometimes way up! The idea is that the heat loosens the joints and muscles.

Restorative Yoga – Generally only a few poses in a class session. Many enjoy it for stress relief. Props are used to assist with relaxation. Bolsters, blankets, pillows, comfy eye masks, small sandbags on pressure points. Delightful for many.

Yin Yoga – another studio yoga. Poses are held for much longer periods; often two minutes or more.

Kundalini Yoga – rooted in Hatha and Kriya. Recognized for the untapped energy dormant at the base of the spine. Often referred to as a coiled serpent. The idea is to awaken that untapped energy.

No matter which yoga is chosen or if a few are practiced, presence can completely change the experience of your practice. Keeping attention one-pointed on the task at hand so to speak and nothing else. Constantly bringing your focus of attention to the present moment will increase your consciousness. Try it for yourself if you haven’t already.

Direct experience is the only way to see it. I hope you like it!

Note: there is much more to these, especially the first four. Also, there are a variety of interpretations. The best and most accurate will be your own and understandings certainly change as consciousness expands.

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All