Yoga is a philosophy of life. It is the marriage of breath and movement. It was designed to facilitate the real practice of Yoga — the understanding and complete mastery over the mind. Having your own personal practice will help you rediscover your fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness- physical, mental, and spiritual.
Through that practice of meditation, breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing points (driste) you gain control of your senses and a deeper awareness of self. In order to receive the full benefits of a yoga practice it is important that you maintain this discipline with regularity and devotion. When you do that you will come to acquire steadiness of body, mind and spirit.
There are four major paths to yoga: Karma, Hatha, Sivananda, and Jnana. Karma Yoga is the discipline of selfless action. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly without thought of gain or reward. Bhakti Yoga is a path focused on self realization, love and devotion, meditation and asanas. Raja Yoga or “Royal Yoga” includes the many styles of yoga today. Raja Yoga emphasizes the benefits of meditation and spiritual practice and why it’s important for the evolution of consciousness. Jnana Yoga, the most difficult path, requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Students are taught to let go of their ego, dissolve the vail of ignorance and allow unity with the universe.