Yoga Paths

An Overview Of Different Schools and Traditions

Yoga comes from connecting to God, just as the word religion means in western context. There are many schools or even called sampradajas with different forms of yoga. All teachings guide an embodied spirit in a (non)-personal relationship to God.

The supreme godhead resides in every being in its heart.

The native yoga-paths are a part of the vedic-culture we refere to today a hinduism, but the real importance of vedic culture seems to be that it has enabled native yoga-paths to stay in the Indian sub-continent unchanged longer than they have in other locations. It seems as if these philosophies were known all over the world.

This overview below may help you to find your own path. No form of yoga is better than the other, there are different paths as individuals exist. The common of all forms is the reconnecting, the religio or even yoga with God.

KARMA YOGA

Karma Yoga achieves union with God through right action and through service (Bhakti Yoga). Karma Yoga can also be summed up in a statement by Sri Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita: "Worshipping Him with proper actions, a man attains realization". One key to Karma Yoga is the performance of right action and service for its own sake, without consideration of the immerdiate or apparent results.
Karma Yoga literally means "action yoga". It consists of the sracred work of performing your daily activities in harmony with the souls's wishes and desires. All actions are to be done with an attitue of self-surrender and with no regard for the fruit of those actions - no egoistic attachements.

BHAKTI YOGA (div. Authors)

  • The Yoga of love and devotion. The Way of Transcendent Love which sees the whole universe, animate and inanimate, as being pervaded by divinity. Also very much involved with service (refering Karma Yoga), and way of the heart.

HATHA YOGA (div. Authors)

  • It is a yoga concerned with physical and energetical purification and training. Its goal is to bring the physical body into a perfect state of health so the soul has a fitting vehicle of expression to work through. It embraces many practices, including physical postures and breathing excercises (pranayama) which alos act upon the physical nervious system and etheric body which is considered a corollary aspect of the physical body and brings the vital energies of the physical and etheric bodies under conscious control.

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KRIYA YOGA:

  • Kriya Yoga: The Original Kriya Science (Swami Satyeswarananda Giri)
  • Kriya Yoga: a bridge between inner and the outer world (Swami Janakananda)
  • Lahiri Mahasay 100 Year Mahasamadhi
  • Bindu Yoga School ()
  • Kriya Yoga Ashram ()
    The Original, Authentic Kriya Yoga of Babaji, Yogiraj Lahiri Baba, Shri Yukteshwar, and Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
  • Babaji's Kriya Yoga ()
    Babaji Nagaraj, the great Himalayan master, offers to sincere seekers the opportunity to learn his "Kriya Yoga", the scientific art of perfect God-Truth Union.
  • Yogananda Self Realization Fellowship ()
    Famous Kriya Yoga approach by Paramahansa Yoganada
  • Ananda Church of Self-Realization (Ananda)
    Founded in 1968 by Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, is not affiliated with Self-Realization Fellowship.
  • Personal experiences:
    • An Enlightening Experience (Jon Locke)
    • ...

ASTANGA YOGA (Eightfold Yogapath):

  • Yama
  • Niyama
  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Pratyahara
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi

SIDDHA YOGA

  • Siddha Mahayoga FAQ (Kurt Keutzer)
  • The Lineage of Swami Shivom Tirth (Narayan Prakash)
  • Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda ()

RAJA YOGA

  • The Living Tradition of Sahaj Marg (Clark Powell)
    Sahaj Marg: System of Raja Yoga (yoga of mind)
  • Sahaj Marg: System of Raja Yoga Meditation ()
    Sahaj Marg Meditation by Shri Ram Chandra Mission, old site
  • Foundation for International Spiritual Unfoldment ()
    FISU is Europe's leading Foundation for Meditation and Spiritual Unfoldment dedicated to promote and propagate the teachings of Gururaj Ananda Yogi under the Spiritual Guidance of Rajesh Ananda.
  • Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University ()
    Living Values: A Guide Book. (div. connected sites Mary Joneve McCormick: Raja Yoga)

SAHAJA YOGA:

  • Sahaja Yoga - An Unique Discovery (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi)
    An introduction to Sahaja Yoga
  • Sahaja Yoga: Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi ()
    In the year 1970, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi introduced for the first time a simple, yet powerful method of spiritual ascent, whereby one's natural balance and integration can be easily achieved.

JNANA YOGA

  • Jnana Yoga is the yoga of the philosopher and thinker who wants to go beyond the visible, material reality. The Jana Yogi finds God through knowledge. Jnana Yoga is summed up in the Upanishads by the following statement: "In the method of reintegration through knowledge, the mind is ever bound to the ultimate end of existence which is liberation This method leads to all attainments and is ever auspicious." [...]
    -- Excerpt of "Hidden Mysteries" by Joshua David Stone
  • Vedanta Society ()
  • Newsletters of Arunachala Ashrama ()
  • Sri Nisargadatta ()
  • Poonjaji Interview ()
  • Advaita Vedanta ()
  • "Key To The Self" by Gangaji ()
  • Sri Shankara ()

SURAT SHABD OR NADA YOGA

  • Surat Shabd Yoga: Sant Thakar Singh (Kevin Kells)
    Inner Light and Sound Meditation (Sant Mat), Sant Thakar Singh
  • Surat Shabd Yoga: Sant Ajaib Singh ()
    Path of the Masters, Surat Shabd Yoga, Master Sant Ajaib Singh
  • Soami Divyanand Spiritual Foundation ()
    Sant Mat branch, Inner Light and Sound Meditation
  • Science of Spirituality ()
    Science of Spirituality is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, international spiritual organization under the direction of Sant Rajinder Singh
  • Quan Yin Method (Master Ching Hai)
  • The Quan Yin Method ()
  • Eckankar ()
    Religion of the Light and Sound of God

KUNDALINI YOGA

  • Kundalini (Serpent Power) (Swami Satyananda Saraswati)
  • Dhyanyoga Center (Dan Mc Donald)
    Kundalini Maha Yoga. is an ancient universal science, perfected over thousands of years. Anandi Ma is an advanced disciple of Dhyanyogi and one of few people who can perform Skaktipat. Through Shaktipat the disciple can excel quickly in their spiritual journey towards Self Realization - Enlightenment.
  • Shoshoni Yoga Retreat ()
    Shoshoni Yoga Retreat is the mountain home of Swami Shambhavananda, an adept yogi who has given many people an experience of their true nature.
  • The Yogi Bhajan Site ()
    Introduction to Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga and Mahan Tantric. Includes International Directory of Kundalini Yoga Centers and Teachers, listing of reteats and events and a bazaar of products and services for health, healing and happiness.

Tantra Yoga

  • Tantra, The Left Hand Path of Love (Dinu Roman)
    Introduction article
  • Hindu Tantrik Home Page (Mike Magee)
    The Tantrik Tradition, The Natha Sampradaya, and misc associated material on Tantra.
  • General Information (Various Authors)
  • Ananda Marga
    Holistic form of tantra yoga
  • Buddhist and Hindu Tantras (Octavian Sarbatoare)

AGNI YOGA

  • Agni Yoga is a synthesis of all yogas, especially Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga. Agni is the Sanskrit word for Fire--the Creative Fire of the Cosmos--the Fire that is found in varying degrees at the foundation of all Yogas.

MANTRA YOGA

  • Mantra Yoga finds union with God through the proper use of speech and sound. It is the power of the word to create or destroy that Mantra Yoga emphasizes. It utilizes the focus intent to make every word you speak be in harmony with God and with your own soul. [...]

YANTRA YOGA

  • Yantra Yoga is the path of union with God thorough geometric visualization. A yantra is a geometric design. They are highly effiecient tools for contemplation, concentration, and meditation. [...]

LAYA YOGA

ASPARSHA YOGA

SANKIRTAN YOGA

SHIVA YOGA

TARAKA YOGA

LAMBIKA YOGA

SAPTA YOGA

  • Sapta Yoga is based on the ancient Yogic text, the "Gheranda Samhita." It is both a spiritual practice and a therapeutic art, successful in removing the causes of numerous diseases highly resistant to orthodox Western healing methods. It is taught by Yogacharya Dr. Sushil Bhattacharya, director of the Patanjali Yoga Center in Kathmandu, Nepal.

INTEGRAL YOGA

  • Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo (Govindachari Raghunath)
    "Integral Yoga" of Sri Aurobindo, the revolutionary saint of India who lived during 1872-1950.

YOGA OF SYNTHESIS (Karma-, Bhakti-, Jnana and Raja Yoga)

  • SRYA, School for Research in Yoga and Ayurveda ()
    A non-profit organisation, "Yoga of Synthesis" (Karma-, Bhakti-, Jñana and Raja Yoga) and "Yoga and Ayurveda" (Yoga-chikitsa or Yoga-therapy and medical science of Ayurveda), developed by Sri Chandrasekhar.
  • Ashram on the Internet ()
    Spiritual group founded by Sri Sivananda-Valentina. Non-profit spiritual organization dedicated to spreading its Guru's Teachings.
  • Arhatic Yoga (Unicorn)
    Arhatic Yoga is called the "Yoga of Synthesis." It deals with the activation of the chakras, and the awakening of the kundalini through a systematic and safe method.
  • Sathya Sai Baba ()
    Sathya Sai Baba is a spiritual leader and world teacher, whose life and message are inspiring millions of people throughout the world to turn Godward and to lead more purposeful and moral lives. Teaches a synthesis of different Yoga Paths.

YOGA SAMPLE LESSONS:

  • Swami Maheshananda (Paolo Paganelli)
    On Yoga, God, Divine Plan, The Yogi, Karma, Meaning of Mantra, Astrology
  • Mundaka Upanishad (Eduardo Gomez)
  • ISA Upanishad (Eduardo Gomez)
  • Diary of Awareness, Kundalini and Life (Roger Hamstra)

MISCELLANEOUS YOGA INFORMATION:

  • Kundalini FAQ (Kurt Keutzer)
  • Kundalini Yogas FAQ (Kurt Keutzer)
  • Pranayama Instruction (Ceci Henningsson)
  • The Mystery Of Meditation (Dinu Roman)
  • Meditation FAQ (Jeffrey Chance)
  • Satipatthana Sutta (Gary Ray)
  • Sidhis - Supernatural Powers (Christian Pluym)
  • Gnosis and Yoga, The Relation (Mark Mays)
  • Glossary of Sanskrit Terms (Luke Roberts)
  • Yoga Resources (various authors)
    General information  and related stuff
  • Veda Bibliography (regulary updated)
    Recommended books as bibliography
  • Vedas & Upavedas (Vedic Culture)

Vedic Yoga Movements and Teachings:

Here are some yoga web pages directly derived from vedic-culture:
  • Chinmaya Mission (Bharat Naik)
    Organization to propagate and study the vedantic truths according to Swami Chinmayananda.
  • Art Of Living, Teachings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Bob Wynne)
    Non-profit organization established to promote the teachings of Pundit Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Sivananda Yoga "Om" Page (Swami Atma)
    Lots of pages on Yoga, Meditation, diet, relaxation, Vedanta Philosophy and much more..

Non-Hindu Yoga Movements and Teachings:

Here some yoga paths, which aren't strongly connected to vedic-culture, in terms of Hinduism.
  • Free Daism, Sri Adi Da Avatar (Jon Twigge)
    Old site was at here and here as well.
  • Tao (Barry Pierce)
    A synthesis of taoist philosophy
  • Sufism, The Way of Heart (Mateen Siddiqui)
    Sufism is known as the Way of the Heart, the Way of the Pure, the Mystical Path of Islam