Unity Through Yoga Meditation Techniques

Having only just recently started practicing yoga meditation techniques, I’ve found that working them into my daily routine has sometimes been a bit of a challenge. Nonetheless, every time I finish a routine, I feel better for it both physically and mentally. The practice of yoga meditation is a journey and not a destination. The definition of yoga is “unity”, but yoga means as many different things to each practitioner as there are people. Whether you want to pursue yoga’s physical health benefits, to achieve some spiritual development, or simply to obtain a different perspective on life, all are welcome.

In her Weekly Zen column, Patricia Szpara touches on several of these points.

Unity Through Yoga Meditation Techniques

The Self Realization Fellowship, founded by the Yogi and teacher Paramahansa Yogananda, publishes the most comprehensive definitions and types of yoga.

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Many forms of yoga are practiced, for many different purposes.

The fellowship outlines the types of yoga: Hatha, which is the yoga we all know, the movement between poses for the purpose of physical purity, preparing us for meditation; Karma Yoga, which is service to others without expectation of something in return; Mantra Yoga, which is using words or phrases and repeating them to center ourselves; Bhakti Yoga, or striving to see the love/god/divinity in everything; Jnana Yoga, or using wisdom and your smarts to distinguish between what is healthy and not; and finally, Raja Yoga, which is the synthesis of all these yogic practices.

Read more about the author’s own experiences here.

What’s your motivation for practicing yoga, and which yoga meditation techniques do you favor and why?. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have 
       the life that is waiting for us.
                                                                            – E. M. Forester

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