What Kind of Yoga Do You Do?
By Monica Novak
Asanas (Yoga Postures)
What kind of Yoga Do You Do?
Bikram
Vinyasa
Ashtanga
Iyengar
Anusara
Hatha
Kali Ray
Swaroopa
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Do All Paths Lead To God?
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Rishis (seers)
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Swami Satchidanda
Master of Integral Yoga
“After you have decided which path is right for you,
stick to that path, but do ...
Osho
A Radical Yogi
“Relate with others, but relate with yourself
also.Love others, but love yourself also.Go
out! - the w...
The Mother
Master of Supramental Yoga
"I belong to no nation, no civilization, no
society, no race, but to the Divine. I o...
Yoga Branches
 Raja-Yoga “Royal Yoga,” utilizes Patanjali’s eight-
fold path called “Ashtanga Yoga.”
 Hatha-Yoga “Forcef...
What Unites the Different
Branches?
Moksha-Shastra “Liberation Teaching.”
Explorations of Consciousness.
Dharma-moralit...
Raja Yoga or “Royal Yoga”
 Formulated by Patanjali during 2nd Century
C.E. based on his work the ‘Yoga Sutras’
(195 aphor...
Ashtanga “Eight Limbed” Yoga
 Yama - Moral Disciplines: non-harming
(ahimsa), nonstealing (asteya), truthfulness
(satya) ...
Hatha Yoga “Forceful Yoga”
The Body is a Vehicle.
Yoga studios and fitness centers mostly
teach some form of Hatha Yoga....
Jnana-Yoga
“The Yoga of Wisdom”
Jnana means “knowledge”
Self-Realization through discernment.
Relies on the higher mind...
Four Principal means
 Discernment (viveka) to see the world as it is.
 Renunciation (viraga) of the enjoyment of
one’s a...
The Six Accomplishments
 Tranquility (shama), the art of remaining
serene.
 Sense Restraint (dama), curbing one’s
senses...
Bhakti-Yoga “Yoga of Devotion”
The Yoga of Loving self-dedication to
the Divine.
Self-Transformation accomplished
throug...
Nine Stages Toward Unification
 Listening (Shravana) to Divine Names.
 Chanting/Singing (Kirtana) praise songs in
honor ...
Nine Stages Toward Unification
Personal Friendship (sakhya).
“Self-Offering” (atma-nivedana) or
transcendence.
Recommen...
Karma Yoga
“The Yoga of Action”
Karma: action, work, product, effect,
etc.
Freedom in action.
Spontaneity of action.
H...
Mantra Yoga
“The Yoga of Sound”
Mantra is a sacred sound.
Mantras are given during initiatory
rituals.
Mantra Yoga has ...
Laya Yoga “Continuity Yoga”
Tantra-Yoga
Meditative Absorption
Nondualistic
Kundalini Shakti
cakras, nadis, marmas
So What kind of Yoga Do You
Do?
How do you strive to be more
connected with yourself?
Is there a practice you have commi...
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  1. 1. What Kind of Yoga Do You Do? By Monica Novak
  2. 2. Asanas (Yoga Postures)
  3. 3. What kind of Yoga Do You Do? Bikram Vinyasa Ashtanga Iyengar Anusara Hatha Kali Ray Swaroopa
  4. 4. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  5. 5. Do All Paths Lead To God? QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
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  7. 7. Rishis (seers) QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  8. 8. Swami Satchidanda Master of Integral Yoga “After you have decided which path is right for you, stick to that path, but do not say to others that this is the only one. Recognize all of the paths and respect them. In the spiritual life, all paths lead to the same place.” QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  9. 9. Osho A Radical Yogi “Relate with others, but relate with yourself also.Love others, but love yourself also.Go out! - the world is beautiful, adventurous;
it is a challenge, it enriches.Go out fearlessly there is nothing to lose,there is everything to gain.” QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  10. 10. The Mother Master of Supramental Yoga "I belong to no nation, no civilization, no society, no race, but to the Divine. I obey no master, no rules, no law, no social convention, but the Divine. To Him I have surrendered all will, life and self. " - The Mother QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture.
  11. 11. Yoga Branches  Raja-Yoga “Royal Yoga,” utilizes Patanjali’s eight- fold path called “Ashtanga Yoga.”  Hatha-Yoga “Forceful Yoga,” liberation through the physical body.  Jnana-Yoga “Yoga of Wisdom,” liberation through the intellect (buddhi).  Bhakti-Yoga “Yoga of Devotion,” liberation through the divine.  Karma-Yoga “Yoga of Action” liberation through selfless service.  Mantra-Yoga “Yoga of Sound,” liberation through psycho-spiritual sounds.  Laya-Yoga is “Continuity Yoga,” liberation through samadhi (the dissolution of ego and object of meditation).
  12. 12. What Unites the Different Branches? Moksha-Shastra “Liberation Teaching.” Explorations of Consciousness. Dharma-morality and law. Svadhyaya-study. Commitment Before Enlightenment I chopped wood. No Effort is Wasted.
  13. 13. Raja Yoga or “Royal Yoga”  Formulated by Patanjali during 2nd Century C.E. based on his work the ‘Yoga Sutras’ (195 aphorisms). He is often studied and considered an authority on yoga.  Patanjali wrote the sutras in response to Mahayana Buddhism which taught non- dualism (reality is singular and distinctions are made by the ego, therefore illusion).  Patanjali stands out from Eastern counterparts by teaching the Self and Nature are distinct and irreconcilable. Patanjali teaches dualism.  Professes that nature is insentient, and includes the mind. Yoga is the extraction of the Self from nature.
  14. 14. Ashtanga “Eight Limbed” Yoga  Yama - Moral Disciplines: non-harming (ahimsa), nonstealing (asteya), truthfulness (satya) sexual restraint (brhamacarya), non- grasping (aparigraha).  Niyama - Self-Restraints: purity (shauca), contentment (samtosha), asceticism (tapas), self-study (svadhyaya) and devotion (ishvara- pranidhana).  Asana - Postures.  Pranayama - Breath Control.  Pratyahara - Sensory Control.  Dharana - Concentration.  Dhyana - Meditation.  Samadhi - Ecstasy.
  15. 15. Hatha Yoga “Forceful Yoga” The Body is a Vehicle. Yoga studios and fitness centers mostly teach some form of Hatha Yoga. Asana and Pranayama are central used to cleanse the nadis (channels) using prana (life force). When the breath is mastered, the mind is also mastered.
  16. 16. Jnana-Yoga “The Yoga of Wisdom” Jnana means “knowledge” Self-Realization through discernment. Relies on the higher mind (buddhi). Non-Dualistic
  17. 17. Four Principal means  Discernment (viveka) to see the world as it is.  Renunciation (viraga) of the enjoyment of one’s actions fruits.  The “six accomplishments” (shat-sampatti) detailed on next slide.  Spiritual Impulse (mumukshutva) or urge toward liberation.
  18. 18. The Six Accomplishments  Tranquility (shama), the art of remaining serene.  Sense Restraint (dama), curbing one’s senses.  Cessation (uparati), from inappropriate action.  Endurance (titksha), from opposites.  Mental Collectedness (samadhana) or concentration.  Faith (shraddha) or experience of the sacred.
  19. 19. Bhakti-Yoga “Yoga of Devotion” The Yoga of Loving self-dedication to the Divine. Self-Transformation accomplished through worship and service of the Divine. The practitioner is a devotee (bhakta) and lover, the Divine is the Beloved.
  20. 20. Nine Stages Toward Unification  Listening (Shravana) to Divine Names.  Chanting/Singing (Kirtana) praise songs in honor of the Lord.  Remembrance (smarana) of God’s attributes.  “Service at the feet” (pada-sevana)  Ritual (arcana), performance of religious rites.  Prostration (vandana) before the image of the Divine.  “Slavish devotion” (dasya) to God.
  21. 21. Nine Stages Toward Unification Personal Friendship (sakhya). “Self-Offering” (atma-nivedana) or transcendence. Recommended Reading: Bhagvata Puruna and Shat-Sandarbha.
  22. 22. Karma Yoga “The Yoga of Action” Karma: action, work, product, effect, etc. Freedom in action. Spontaneity of action. How to truly be free one’s actions? The Bhagavad Gita
  23. 23. Mantra Yoga “The Yoga of Sound” Mantra is a sacred sound. Mantras are given during initiatory rituals. Mantra Yoga has 16 limbs.
  24. 24. Laya Yoga “Continuity Yoga” Tantra-Yoga Meditative Absorption Nondualistic Kundalini Shakti cakras, nadis, marmas
  25. 25. So What kind of Yoga Do You Do? How do you strive to be more connected with yourself? Is there a practice you have committed to?

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