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Yoga has been gaining a lot of popularity due to its short term as well as long term benefits. As we all know yoga comes from a Sanskrit word “Yuj” that means “to control”, “to unite”,”to integrate”, or “to yoke”. According to Hindu Philosophy Yoga is not just an exercise, yoga helps us to connect our inner spirit with universal spirit (God). Yoga is an awesome way of keeping a healthy physical body, soul & mind. It is very important to stay healthy & keep ourselves fit if we want to live happy & longer life. If you want to stay healthy & fit without going to gym then you should try yoga (meditation). Yoga is based on ancient theories & principles. Making our body more flexible is one of the many benefits of yoga. Yoga is done to attain happy, useful & balanced life. There are a lot of mistaken beliefs about yoga, one among them is religion (people who think yoga is a religion). Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is being practiced by people of different religions such as Jewish, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus & Christians. Meditation, breathing & exercise are three main yoga structures.
Major Branches of Yoga:-
According to Hindu Philosophy there are six branches of yoga. These six yoga branches are: Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion), Hatha Yoga (Yoga of Postures), Jnana Yoga (Yoga of the Mind), Raja Yoga (Yoga of Self-Control), Tantra Yoga (Yoga of Rituals) & Karma Yoga (Yoga of Service).
Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion) :-
Bhakti Yoga is one of the major yoga branch defined in Hindu Philosophy. Bhakti Yoga is also known as Yoga of Devotion. Bhakti Yoga or Yoga of Devotion is a non-physical exercise. Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion & spirit. With the help of Bhakti Yoga we can develop patience, acceptance & love for all living things.
Hatha Yoga (Yoga of Postures) :-
Hatha Yoga is another important branch of yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama. Hatha Yoga is the best yoga for you if you want a peaceable mind & healthy body. Hatha Yoga is also known as Yoga of Postures or Yoga of Physical Processes. Hatha Yoga is the combination of physical poses, breathing techniques & meditation. Hatha Yoga requires a lot of physical effort. Because of a lot of physical effort this yoga is also known as “forcefull yoga”. Hatha Yoga helps us to place our mind in a determined state.
Jnana Yoga (Yoga of the Mind) :-
Jnana Yoga (Yoga of Knowledge) is also known as Yoga of Mind. Jnana Yoga is another important type of yoga that deals with brain & knowledge. Jnana is a Sanskrit word that means “knowledge”. Exercises of Jnana Yoga are done with mind.
Raja Yoga (Yoga of Self-Control) :-
Raja Yoga also known as Yoga of Self Control is best yoga for you if you want to want to improve self control (Ego) & want to learn discipline. This type of yoga teaches natural meditation. Raja Yoga is done through breathing, mediation & exercise.
Tantra Yoga (Yoga of Rituals) :-
Tantra Yoga is also known as Yoga of Rituals. Tantra Yoga or Yoga of Rituals requires a lot of dedication & a lot of effort as a couple. The main purpose of Tantra Yoga (Yoga of Rituals) is to expand awareness in all circumstances of consciousness, whether dream state, sleep state or walking state. Tantra Yoga (Yoga of Rituals) is the combination of courage, devotion, dispassion, faithfulness, truthfulness etc.
Karma Yoga (Yoga of Service) :-
Karma Yoga is also known as yoga of service. According to Karma Yoga our present condition is based on our past actions. Karma comes from a Sanskrit word “Kri” that means “to do”. In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says: “Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for by working without attachment one attains the Supreme.”