Beyond Hatha Yoga
After Hatha Yog, what next? Well, there is lots.if you are interested.
The Bhagwad Gita mentions the three basic kinds of Yog or ways to achieve moksh or salvation.
1. Bhakti Yog - The Yog of Devotion.
Here you surrender to God and he will redeem you. Christianity is a typical example of Bhakti Yog
2. Karm Yog The Yog of Action
This will make sense to the school of people who say "Work is worship". God can be reached, salvation achieved by just dedicating yourself to your job, heart and soul. Of course the job has to be in accordance with your nature and having a productive use for society..
3. Gyan Yog The yog of Knowledge
The forerunner of philosophy Aristotle, Socrates,Plato, Desartes.all these were Gyan Yogis, who by discovering themselves discovered God.
Another typical classification is Hatha Yog and Raj Yog. Hatha Yog or the Physical Yog is the stepping stone for Raj Yog or the Yog of the Mind.
It is also called Patanjali Yog or Asht-ang (asht=eight, ang=limb) Yog is the eight-limbed path of yam, niyam, asan, pranayam, pratyahar, (withdrawal of the senses from their objects) dharan (concentration on a pre-determined object to the exclusion of others ), dhyan (meditation, or litterally attention or awareness), and samadhi (liberation, salvation, superconsciousness)
Mantra Yog or Japa Yog involves chanting of Mantras. Kriya Yog involves a special type of Hatha Yog with a focus on Bandhas and mudras and also the last four components of Raj Yog
Tantra aims to achieve moksh in this life, this moment, through the medium of sexual energy. Nad Yog is the Yog of Sound. And so on it goes. The list is endless as Yog is life and equally so!
Since the links are the main part of this page, they are given immediately below
instead of alongside as usual.
An introduction to the different kinds of yoga
A view of different paths of yoga, with excellent further online references
A brilliant and lucid exposition of raja yoga
Unbelievable yog spriritual resoruce site- christ, krishna, siva and more
A view on the different kinds of yoga, and their relationship to the Vedas, Ayurveda..
A lecture on Raja Yoga intricate, detailed, wonderful series of lectures. Includes lucid exposition on yama and niyamas
An article of Nada Yoga
Vipassana and Yoga - a unique view
Swami Shri Sivananda's lucid views on Bhakti Yoga
Mantra Yoga for you
An outline, in an extremely general way, some basic ideas of the Tantra Yoga
A series of eleven lectures on Karma Yoga. Very detailed.
Original Kriya Yoga at a glance