Sivananda Yoga Farm Blog4 Paths of Yoga
The 4 yoga paths
For the integral development of body, mind and soul, yoga recommends combining the following four main practices:
Karma Yoga is the path of action and suits people with active temperaments. Performing actions selflessly – without thinking of success or reward – purifies the heart and reduces the ego. Karma Yoga is the best way to prepare oneself for silent meditation.
Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion and is perfect for people who are emotional by nature. Through prayer, worship and ritual, one comes to see the Divine as the embodiment of love. Chanting mantras is an essential part of Bhakti Yoga.
Jnana Yoga is the yoga of wisdom or knowledge is most suitable for intellectual people. The philosophy of Vedanta teaches analytical self-enquiry into one’s own true nature, with the goal of recognising the Supreme Self in oneself and in all beings.
Raja Yoga is the science of controlling body and mind. The asanas (body postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises) from Hatha Yoga are an integral part of this yoga path. The main practice of Raja Yoga is silent meditation, where bodily and mental energies are gradually transformed into spiritual energy.
Many people come to yoga because of stress in their lives. In fact, most diseases that people suffer from come from stress. Stress is in fact a subjective phenomenon.
Yoga life is a conscious life. In yoga, we become conscious of our actions. It’s not what you do that is important, but the attitude in which you do it.
These short video clips are from a Satsang on the Meaning of Life with Swami Sitaramananda.
Swamiji tells us the 5 things we can do with prana: increase, conserve, balance, channel, purify.
Swami Sivananda says that Life is an expression of something higher. Life is joy, life is a conscious stream, life is a voyage.
This podcast is a webinar by Swami Sita from 2013 on steps to peace of mind and how it is like a lake with waves.
This life is a karmic life. We are very restless beings and are bound by our karma. Karma means action or more specifically our thoughts and desires.
In this podcast, Swami Sitaramananda will explain the criteria to determine if you are progressing and what the point of progressing is. In our life we want to develop and grow our potential.
When the mind is still our internal vision becomes strong and we can experience peace. There is a direct relationship between our state of mind and our connection with self.
In this podcast Swami Sita introduces us to the concept of living an integral Yoga Life. Many people start practicing yoga asanas but as one continues to practice one also starts making changes to their life.
This podcast is a talk by Swami Vishnudevananda from the 1970s. His talk focuses on what the difference is between something that is good versus something that is pleasant.
This podcast is a recording of a Sivananda Yoga Class. Please listen to the class and practice along. You can see our website for more details on the practice. Enjoy!
This recording is of Swami Vishnudevananda singing kirtan music. Swami Vishnudevananda lived with his master Swami Sivananda for 12 years. In 1957 he traveled to America, and in the early 70´s came to Europe, founding international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers...
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The Yoga Farm has been making efforts to implement permaculture in our community, little by little. Through our various courses and Permaculture Service Days, our wonderful volunteers and guests have been helping us reach our goals.
Pain is the main reason people go to the doctor. Unfortunately, 20% of American adults suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain , as do 13% of North American teens and 10 to 30% of the adult population of Europe.
Its effects are physical, psychological and spiritual. Acute pain is typically a pain with a specific, identifiable cause, and a pain like twisting your ankle that resolves relatively quickly. Additionally, pain becomes chronic when it lasts three to six months.
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