It’s already Saturday. I planned on publishing a longer post with some descriptions about various types of yoga and details about harmony of Yoga but other duties( forum and we had some discussion on forum today) took my time so I am late and with a small post. My apologies to all of you!
Yoga is one of the most popular terms which originated in India. Yoga is degeneration of word Yog which comes from Sanskrit root Yuj, which means ‘to yoke’ ( to use) as in to use animals like oxen or horse and sometimes also used to mean ‘concentrate’ or ‘combine’ or ‘add.’
Yoga is a widely used term in Sanskrit and Hindi. In West it became popularized as physical exercises which create felicity of endocrine system and hence better health but it is only a limited meaning of Yoga which was a group of practices aimed at union of soul with supersoul. Actually there is just one element, which is primordial element and you may call it by any names like God, Brahman, Self or Tao. It alone is. You are it. All the differences you see in the universe are temporary and permanent truth is just one reality and one energy. This is reasonable but you don’t know any other perspective except yours. You inhabit only one world. By this you infer that you must be that energy which is absolute. And this limited experience of yours is just that–limited experience for reasons inexplicable and unknown. The goal of Yoga is to firmly realize this truth.
Yoga is of many types such as Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga. These types are not totally isolated from each other-they keep overlapping and every yogi is practicing many yogas simultaneously. A devotee might be serving god but helping other people too and by seeing god in everyone his realization becomes deeper and heart become purer.
Yoga is also used in Astrology for ‘combinations’ and in Ayurveda for compounds. Addition in arithmetic is also called Yoga in Hindi.