Yoga' means not only contemplation
but also communion and yoking all powers of the body, mind and soul to God. It is a very
ancient and efficient system of disciplines and controls designed to produce the
integration of the body, mind and spirit. It also achieves higher states of awareness and
self-realization by methodical efforts to attain perfection.
One important aspect is that blood
vessels and nerves for the internal organs are "massaged" by the twists and
bending, ensuring proper functioning. Ageing bodies can have fewer aches and pains,
stiffening of joints can be healed and depression alleviated.Often
mentioned are the following divisions of yoga
1. Hatha Yoga
Concerned, primarily with the body and the asanas.
2. Bhakti Yoga
Path of love and devotion.
3. Mantra Yoga
Recitation and repetition of words and verses.
4. Karma Yoga
Service through action and work.
5. Jnana Yoga
The intellectual path.
6. Raja Yoga
Synthesis of Bhakti, Karma and Janan.
7. Laya Yoga
The secret path, the 'Yoga of Dissolution'.