The word Yoga takes its root from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to join, to yoke together, to unify – to unite into one integral whole. In yoga, the union is between Jeevatma, the individual soul and Paramatma, the universal soul or the divine reality. In other words, it is the union of individual energy and universal energy.
In short Yoga means Union. Union within oneself (between Body mind and spirit), with all humanity, with nature, and with the Supreme Spirit.
Aim of Yoga
The aim of Yoga is to awake the human self to the path of higher consciousness, which enables us to have union and harmony in body, mind and spirit. Yoga helps us to open the conscious self to the Divine and to live in Union with the Divine Supreme Self; it is a mystical union with the whole universe. This leads us to a serene, calm and blissful state of life. We experience this equilibrium or harmony in our life – in the body and mind; with the humanity, the nature and the Supreme Self.
Yoga – a holistic life style and spirituality
Yoga – being one of the most holistic ways of integral commitment – is also one of the greatest gifts of India to the world. Yoga is never bound by any one religion. It is meta-religious, beyond religion. All those who seek tranquility of body and mind with the universe should practice it. Having discovered this divine path to happiness through constant meditation and reflection on the highest, deepest and broadest possible meaning/s of their life experiences, the great Indian Masters shared this wisdom with others to bring about harmony and peace in individuals and in society at large.
Yoga teaches the genuine spirituality that goes beyond rituals and dogmas which creates fanaticism and fundamentalism. It does also teach humans to transcend neutralisms of all sorts. The revolution of love and integration that Yoga promotes would re-orient humankind from the ways that they had falsely chosen. This spiritual re-awakening and the positive, natural and integral discipline Yoga brings into persons would transform the world. Yoga leads us to such a realization of spirituality, to such transcendence of the merely social and pragmatic practices of religion, and to a spiritually humanistic understanding and way of realization of faith, which is nothing but integral commitment.
True spirituality is the state of everything being progressively integrated in love – a perpetual union of the individual, society, God, environment and the universe. This union is already there, but it is realizable by humans provided we are constantly integrated, i.e., in Union. Yoga means union – union of the individual soul with the Universal Soul, with the whole humanity, with nature and with oneself. This union leads to spiritual enlightenment and a life filled with happiness and positive attitudes.
Types of Yoga
The main systems of Yoga are Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. These are the different paths (margas) leading to the same goal in different ways of purification of body and mind and advancement of consciousness. All of them are connected and intertwined, but all of them should presuppose hatha, since it is essentially the way of physical, psychological and spiritual effort, without which no one makes progress in life, in realization, in union.What is Yoga - Continuation
YOGA means UNION
Union within oneself (between Body mind and breath), with all humanity, with nature, and with the Universal Spirit.
YOGA is the Traditional Ancient Indian Classical Wisdom.