Schools of Yoga

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 22:18

yoga at dawn on the beachThe original Hindu schools of yoga were as follows

  • Jnana Yoga - union by knowledge
  • Bhakti Yoga - union by love
  • Karma Yoga - union by service
  • Mantra Yoga - union by speech
  • Raja Yoga - union by mental control
  • Hatha Yoga - union by bodily control

Each type of personality requires a different path to move towards yoga (union), and theosophist usually say in the larger context that the point of all yoga practices is to become still and calm, and then to move to the later stages of development – concentration, meditation and contemplation, and eventually to union.

In the modern world, schools and teachings have proliferated, particularly in hatha yoga, where people strive for the perfection of their physical body

Theosophists usually recommend raja yoga as including all the others, but, there have been a number of great Indian teachers with very high schools of yoga with fresh modern teachings in recent years

  • Agni Yoga (which I write about elsewhere
  • Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga
  • The yoga of Sri Chinmoy
  • Rajneesh
  • The bhakti yoga of Sai Baba
  • Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (using a mantra)
  • Kriya Yoga of Paramahansa Yogananda,

There are a lot more – sorry if I have missed out your favourite !

(you are only ever safe with a dead teacher – it gets tangled with projections otherwise)