Hatha and Raja Yoga
Control of body and mind
Here the focus lies on the balance and control of body and mind. Asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and silent meditation are the most well-known practices. As the practice intensifies, the physical and mental energies become more subtle and one finds inner balance.
It is especially suitable for people who strive for inner and outer change.
The path of action
Selﬂess action, without thinking about possible success or failure. Karma Yoga serves to purify the heart and lessens the inﬂuence of the ego on words, deeds and relationships.
It is well suited to active, extroverted people.
“Human beings are a complex mix of willing, feeling and thinking. A one-sided development is not advisable. Yoga should develop the whole person – the hand, heart and head.”
~ Swami Sivananda
The path of devotion
Surrender to the Divine through prayer, rituals and mantra chanting. A path that develops more love towards all beings.
It appeals particularly to people who are more emotional.
The path of wisdom
It begins with the study of the scriptures of Vedanta philosophy. By analysing human nature, one ultimately learns to recognize the Supreme Self in oneself and in all creatures.
This path is especially suitable for intellectual people.