For most people the word "yoga" brings to mind the image of a model that appears on the cover of a yoga magazine in a pose that is almost impossible to get into for an average practitioner. Only in difficult times when we thought we could not meditate at all, we rely on the practices of Dharana and pratyahara. This time the state of emptiness is a state of purity, it is samadhi that automatically arises through the purity of mind - a very light state of body and mind.

Basic Teachings of Patanjali Yoga Sutra also call the practice of moral satisfaction with the thoughts and feelings of control, self-learning and devotion to the creative source. Today, most people practice what is called Hatha Yoga which includes physical postures (asanas) and some breathing techniques (pranayama).

The system of Raja yoga is derived from the teachings of Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras which were written between 100 and 300 A.D. Some may also refer to this system of yoga has Ashtanga Yoga, however Raja yoga has been the traditional terminology used for the practice of yoga guided by Ptanjali's Yoga Sutras and some distinctions separate the two from one another.

Jnana Yoga The practice of Jana yoga is easily understood Shakti within the two words 'Jana' and 'Yoga' which together mean 'Union through Wisdom.' the practice of Jana yoga is a very practical system for the Western mind which usually approaches things through the intellect and rational deduction.

It is being able to maintain the experience of Nirvakalpa Samadhi at all times. This Samadhi can be likened to what is known in the Shankara Tradition as Cosmic Consciousness The mind becomes fully Awake, it is a state of witnessing of the material world and you become aware of the Divinity (Bliss) within yourself.

Most people, in a modern context, consider hatha yoga to be a practice of the physical body. One of the key aspects of life involves the removal of impurities within the mind and body. After your time at Samadhi, you will not only have a solid foundation for your asana practice but you will truly understand the reasoning behind the philosophy which embodies this ancient yogi practice.