Yoga Instruction for Beginners
 

Yoga is a practice or disciple one utilizes in order to achieve a profound transformation of consciousness. This transformation is accomplished when the seeker realizes the distinction between the ego-dominated physical body and the infinite qualities of the soul. With this knowledge, the psychic and intuitive aspects of the individual are heightened and there is the knowing of oneness and connection to the workings of the universe. At a certain point, one arrives at a place of liberation from the self and in union with the SELF; the unity of oneself with All There Is.

In yoga, there are a number of paths one can use to reach liberation or transformation.

Raja   (Royal Yoga) - A practice of meditation where the seeker eventually hopes to find union of the self with the universal reality. The seeker becomes more aware  of his or her true self and of who he or she really is. When union is reached, the two are realized to be one and the same.

Bhakti  (Path of Love) - Love and devotion for God. It is not ritual worship, but rather, total surrender of the self with reverence to God. It is the path of the heart where one directs and focuses the emotions into spirituality. The practice of universal love which has no preference of class or status.  

Karma  (The path of action) - This is the practice of unselfish doing of deeds to benefit others and the self without requiring something in return. The path of one who lives in the world interacting with other people, learning how to pro-act rather then to react in human relationships.

Hatha  - The path of separation of the self from the body and its consciousness. Through physical exercises the body is  prepared for the kundalini force to aid the seeker in attaining the union with the universal consciousness or soul.

Jnana  (Knowledge and intellect) - One has the desire to know the ultimate reality through universal love and knowledge of the ultimate truth. Not love for objects, but the infinite and universal truth that underlies all of existence, seen and unseen. This is the knowing of the mind, the knowing of the ultimate reality.