Yoga in Sanskrit means “to unite” or “to join” in its most literal sense. Yoga is an ancient meditation technique dating back to the 5th and 6th century. There is a broad variety of schools of thought regarding its practices and goals in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
The four paths of Yoga are Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, and Raja Yoga. These four paths of Yoga are aspects of a whole that is called Yoga. The four paths of Yoga work together, like fingers on a hand.
Bhakti Yoga: the yoga of devotion and self surrender. This is said to be the simplest and easiest path because we are not asked to do anything but give up all control.
Karma Yoga : is the yoga of action, in this practice we practice non-attachment with every deed, word, and thought.
Raja Yoga: also called Ashtanga yoga is the synthesis of the above two and focuses on controlling the mind in order to bring it into stillness.
Jnana Yoga: Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation. It involves deep exploration of the nature our being by systematically exploring and setting aside false identities.
The essence of spirituality, as taught in the four paths of yoga, is to let nature run its course. Aim for living in the moment – and thinking rationally in different situations. When you learn to accept the workings of nature, that anything you do will not alter its course significantly, you become more accepting of the life you are living. You are more oriented towards your life goals, but you also believe that whatever happens has been deemed as the best course of life for me. This leads to a harmony in your internal and external environment, and leads to a content heart and mind.
Yogis these days integrate these four paths of yoga, leading to contentment and a feeling of inner satisfaction. These four paths allow the cleansing of the body and mind, and remove any negative thoughts. Regular yoga practice improves body balance, flexibility, and improved strength in our core – a healthy, strong and alert heart. Why not start today by clicking the link below and booking yourself on to an IGo Yoga Hot Yoga class near you! We also hold regular guided meditation workshops, providing you with an experience like no other.