What are Yamas and Niyamas in Yoga?

What are Yamas and Niyamas in Yoga?

Most people discover yoga through the physical practice, the breathing, postures, and meditation. Yet those are only three of the Eight Limbs of Patanjali. The first two, the yamas and niyamas, are the guiding principles for living yoga off the mat. No, living yoga...

Raja Yoga :: the yoga of meditation

by 200-hour Purple Lotus Yoga student Oh the Monkey Mind Raja Yoga pertains to discipline of the mind.   Through meditation, a yogi strives to gain control to still the mind and ultimately reach “realization” of the Divine.  Raja literally means “king” in Sanskrit and...

Tantric Yoga :: The most misunderstood form of yoga

by 200-hour Purple Lotus Yoga student Tantra is a Sanskirt word meaning “weaving” and “expansion.”  Its purpose is to achieve complete control of oneself and all the forces of nature, thus attaining union with the cosmos and the divine. The coupling of Shiva and...

Exploring other forms of yoga :: Bhakti Yoga

by 200-hour Purple Lotus Yoga student Bhakti Yoga: The Religion of Love Bhakti Yoga is the path of pure spiritual devotion, love, and surrender. It is known as the most natural path of yoga for those who are seeking emotional fulfillment and well-being. “Bhakti” is a...