The word YOGA derived from the Sanskrit word YUJ, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit.
Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing Truth.
Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
Yoga is a very ancient system of practice that originated in India. It consists of physical and mental disciplines that make us healthy, alert, and receptive, transforming our perception of the world and the way we live in it. Yoga has grown and continuously evolved through thousands of years to meet the changing conditions of mankind, but it has always been directed to allow the individual to achieve his or her full potential as a human being and then to stretch beyond into spiritual consciousness.
A system of physical postures, or asanas, whose higher purpose is to purify the body, giving one awareness and control over its internal states and rendering it fit for meditation.
Selfless service to others as part of one's larger Self, without attachment to the results and the performance of all actions with the consciousness of God as the Doer.
Centering the consciousness within through japa, or the repetition of certain universal root -word sounds representing a particular aspect of Spirit.
Al l-surrendering devotion through which one strives to see and love the divinity in every creature and in everything, thus maintaining an unceasing worship.
Jnana (Gyana) Yoga
Is the path of wisdom, which emphasizes the application of discriminative intelligence to achieve spiritual liberation.
The royal or highest path of Yoga immortalized by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and formally systematized in the second century B.C. by the Indian sage Patanjali, which combines the essence of all the other paths.