The Paths of Yoga are different from the types and styles of yoga. You can practice a style of yoga and never consciously by on the path of yoga.
However, you are, whether you are conscious of it or not always on the path to unity and revelation. It is why Creation created you.
The Paths of Yoga are not so much a practice as they are a way of living and Being in the world.
You step unto a path of yoga when you have a longing to KNOW who and why you are. This is not a fad. It is not the latest yoga style or fashion.
The path of yoga is a personal journey that you yourself must follow to uncover your true identity through direct experience and perception – Jagad Guru
This longing for KNOWING and union (yoga) usually arises from the experience of suffering. You really want to know the meaning and purpose of your existence beyond suffering.
Most of the suffering experienced on the level of the personality is unnecessary suffering. Necessary suffering awakens you to the longing to become all that you are created to become.
This longing for meaning and purpose is often brought about though some form of midlife crisis. This may be the experience of the breakup of a relationship, divorce, the kids leaving home, loss of a career or death of a loved one.
It may be that you have achieved all you wish to achieve and still there is an empty feeling inside. The emptiness is the call to adventure to journey beyond Base Camp and begin the ascent of the mountain of potential you are created to realise.
Out of such a crisis you may begin to practice one of the styles or types of yoga.
However, yoga classes in the West are not designed to companion your search for meaning and purpose. You need to be on a path of your own choosing.
There are in the way of traditional yoga four such paths: –
- Karma Yoga – The Path of Action
- Bhakti Yoga – The Path of Devotion
- Jnana Yoga – The Path of the Intellect
- Raja Yoga – The Royal Path
Each of these paths leads, in their own way, to an experience of increasingly allowing and surrender of the personal will to the Will of the Universe. This is REAL Universe-ity education.
If you wish to know more about the paths there is the section of this site being developed as from June 2019