The Four Yogas

What we in the west consider yoga is only a small part of one type of yoga.  In fact, most yogis have never seen a yoga mat.  This mislabeling of yoga does a great disservice to the philosophy and practice of yoga.  It keep people from knowing what true yoga is.  Yoga is the beautiful and transformative practice of spiritualizing our lives.  It doesn’t happen on a mat.  It happens everywhere.

The Bhagavad Gita describes four yogas:

 

According to The Bhagavad Gita; work is yoga, love is yoga, pondering the mysteries of the universe is yoga, and stilling our minds so that we can hear the Divine speak is yoga.

Each path connects us to the Divine and our True Selves.  We follow those paths based on our natural tendencies.  In fact, most of us already practice one if not several of the four yogas without even realizing it!