Yoga and Mediation -Antahkarana, Bhakti Yoga,
Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga
Cost Difference :
Yoga is the spiritual path of discipline aimed at integrating
the mind, body and spirit, and achieving a state of enlightenment,
edification and unification in the universe. The art of Yoga developed, was
perfected and practiced in India 5,000 years ago. The early writing of Yoga
were transcribed on delicate palm leaves that were easily damaged or
destroyed. Later the references of Yoga can be found in the sacred texts
composed by Indian Aryans in the Vedic and post Vedic period. All the
philosophies of Yoga are universal and can be incorporated within any belief
The credit for organizing the practice of Yoga into the systematic manner
goes to 'Patanjali', who is considered as the 'Father of Yoga'. He wrote
'Yoga Sutra' and described the principles of 'eight limbed path' containing
the steps and stages towards obtaining 'Samadhi'. He reintroduce the
teachings of the ancient Vedas and brought into practices the specially
designed techniques to rejuvenate the body and prolong life. It was during
this time when Tantra Yoga came into being, with fundamental practices to
expurgate or purify the body and mind to break the bond that tie one to his
physical existence. In the early 1880's and 1990's, many of the renowned Yog
gurus began to travel to the west, attracting attention and gaining million
Yoga and Meditation in Kerala :
Although there are loads of Yoga and Meditation centers in the country, but
Kerala is certainly the best place to experience classical Indian Yoga. The
state is the Mecca for peace seeker through Yoga and meditation offering
large number of Yoga centers and ashrams conducting Yoga and Meditation
classes. Kerala is less intense as compared to other parts of the country.
And with it's slow and calm atmosphere, it is a enjoyable place to begin
discovering what India has to offer.
Types of Yoga :
There are different types of Yoga.
Starting with the Karma Yoga, which is the 'Yoga of Action, which purifies
the heart and prepares the Antahkarana (the heart and mind) for the
reception of Divine Light. The importance of Karma Yoga is that one has to
serve the humanity with an egoism. Another one is 'Bhakti Yoga' meaning the
spiritual love and devotion to the Lord. To practice this Yoga one has to
devote him or herself hundred percent to the lord without any selfishness.
One more breed of yoga is the 'Hatha Yoga' which includes practicing of
asana or Yoga postures, pranayama (Yoga breathing), mudra (body gesture) and
shatkarma (internal cleanings). Than there is 'Jnana Yoga' that gives stress
on knowledge. There are seven stages to Jnana including study, self
realization, protection of mind, desire, developing indifference to objects,
letting the world appear like a dream, non attachment to the world, bliss
and knowledge of the truth.
Benefits of Yoga :
- With the depression and stress factor plummeting high in modern age,
the practice of Yoga offers a haven of solace for the mind, body and
- The best part of Yoga is that it can be practiced by all people
irrespective of their age, color, caste, creed or religion.
- It strengthen your body and mind providing mental peace and physical
power. It brings down the stress and help you fight diseases.
- Yoga infuses a sense of balance and help you live long and healthy
- It bestows greater powers of concentration and self control. Cleanses
and improves overall organ functioning Achieve a greater sense of
purpose and strength of will.