“Prana… is the spirit of mantra. Mantra in turn is the expression of prana. Whatever most engages our prana or vital energy becomes the main subject of our speech.” -Acharya David Frawley
To understand yoga it will take more than one lifetime because it is a vast subject spanning for nearly four thousand years. However if the interest is genuine the only source that can shed light and quench your thirst for knowledge is the ancient Indian text Vedas. If you seek integration and unification of your mind having Vedic knowledge will allow you to bind consciousness beyond all limitations to bring harmony and oneness within you and all those around you because Veda is the path towards knowledge and Yoga is the path towards self realization. If a individual practices yoga they will reap benefits of physical and mental health but if they add the learning of Vedas many answers to your questions can be achieved.
“Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth.” -Sharon Gannon
- Jnana Yoga or the Yoga of Knowledge is the way of inner wisdom and helps us find the path of Self-knowledge, Self-realization.
- Bhakti Yoga or the Yoga of Devotion is all about love of the Self and through meditation we are able to achieve mental purity and surrender to the Divine within us.
- Karma Yoga or the Yoga of right action. All our actions have consequences and the practice of yoga allows us to make decisions that help others.
All these three paths are interrelated and interconnected by Self-knowledge, Divine Love, and working through selfless service for all. Out of these three paths, emerge most known techniques such as
- Raja Yoga or the Yoga of meditation and samadhi
- Hatha Yoga or the Yoga of psychophysical techniques
- Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Laya Yoga that deal with cosmic sound
- Prana Yoga and Kundalini Yoga that deal with internal energies
Yoga has nothing to do with religion and it is extensively practiced by other religious communities and more so by atheists because it is all about power of reasoning even if they do not believe in the divine. The Vedas are a concept of universal Dharma and Yoga is the unifying expression so there can be peace and happiness for all.