Yoga 101: The Basics

Yoga is a vast collection of spiritual techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body and spirit to achieve a state of enlightenment or oneness with the universe. What is normally thought of as “yoga” in the West is really Hatha Yoga, one of the many paths of yoga. The different paths of yoga emphasize different approaches and techniques, but ultimately lead to the same goal of unification and enlightenment.

Though yoga’s ultimate aim is lofty, its essence is practical and scientific as it emphasizes direct experience and observable results.  It is not a religion, but a practice of personal inquiry and exploration.  As the cultural and religious diversity of practitioners attest, yogic philosophy speaks to universal truths that can be incorporated within any belief system.[clear]

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    Bhakti Yoga: the Yoga of Devotion

  • Yogic practice

    Yogic: Definition, Meaning and Use

  • Raja Yoga

    Raja Yoga: Definition, Benefits and How to Practice

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  • Kundalini yoga

    Kundalini Yoga: Definition, History, and Cautions

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    What is Yoga?

  • karma yoga

    Karma Yoga: the Path of Selfless Action

  • Jnana yoga meditation

    Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Wisdom

  • Tantra Yoga

    Tantra Yoga – Defined and Demystified

  • yogi

    What is a Yogi? And How Do You Become One?

  • Hatha Yoga

    Hatha Yoga: Definition, History & Benefits

  • History of Yoga

  • The Four Ashramas of Yoga

  • obstacles in yoga

    Antarayas: The 13 Obstacles of Yoga

Yoga Basics