Yoga Today: An Overview

The Yoga scene in India has always been complex, because there have been no authorities that have regulated or controlled the development of Yoga. Having developed over millenia without dogma, it is virtually impossible to give an accurate picture of the Yoga scene then or today. This overview is only a synthesis of sorts.

Yoga Traditions: Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Dharma

All practices that are designed to bring the practitioner a direct experience of pure unadulterated Reality, call it the Divine, the Unmanifested, Enligthenment, Moksha, or simply That, are called Yoga. Yoga is a system of spiritual practices and has developed over millennia in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain way of life. To some the idea of Buddhist Yoga or Hindu Yoga may seem strange and unfamiliar. These Yoga traditions did not develop independently of each other. Rather there was much give and take between these traditions.

Today, however when we speak of Yoga we mean the Yoga of the Hindu Tradition. The terms Hindu Yoga, Buddhist Yoga and Jain Yoga are not used colloquially in India. 

This website is dedicated to the understanding of Yoga of the Hindu Tradition or Sanatana Dharma.

Contemporary Schools of Yoga: Traditional and Non-traditional

In modern times the Yoga scene has changed dramatically. The meeting of Eastern and Western minds coupled with widespread education and the developments in modern medicine are the principle causes for the formation of two non-traditional schools of Yoga.

The Yoga scene can be broadly divided in to two categories:

1. Traditional Schools

What are the characteristics of a traditional school of Yoga? How does one practice Yoga the traditional way? More in the Traditional Schools of Yoga.

2. Non-Traditional Schools

The non-traditional schools can be categorised as

  1. a. Therapeutic and  
  2. b. Schools of Physical Culture

Non-traditional Schools of Yoga eloborates.

Yoga Orientation: What kind of Yoga do you do?

Anybody who practices Yoga or even teaches hears this question all the time. The more you know about Yoga, the more difficult it becomes to answer this question. Yoga Oreintation: What kind of Yoga do you do? is a map for practitioners, teachers and most of all for beginners in Yoga to orient themselves.

Some Yoga Institutes, Organizations and Ashrams in India

I would like to introduce you to Some Yoga Institutes, Organizations and Ashrams in India. This article cannot do justice to the complex Yoga scene in India. It serves to orient those interested in studying Yoga in India. These schools are well known and respected in India, and they are accessible to all.

Book Recommendation

A History of Indian Philosophy

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