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Jnana Yoga – Yoga For The Intelligent

January 18, 2015 by  
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Jnana means “the knowledge”. This yoga is the yoga for able and fit people. This yoga is the conclusive goal of all the other varieties of yoga. This yoga teaches you to look at the world as it is excluding any ignorance and bias. You can achieve this state by practicing austere mental discipline and virtue. This yoga is also called Raja Yoga or the king of all the yogas, since it is of the fastest assortment and rules over all the other varieties. This is the Yoga that Patanjali has described in his Yoga Sutras.

This yoga is made up of eight parts of which five are alfresco and the other three are internal. Two of its parts viz yama and niyama deal with types of behaviour that the student of yoga should avert like lying, cheating, appropriation etc and those behaviours that he should civilize like cleanliness, non-collection etc. Asanas and Pranayama are the next two parts of this yoga. Asanas are the physical movements that help in developing the agility of the body and thus cure any diseases. You can control your exhalation by using pranayama which increases the capacity of the lungs to take in the air and thus increase the dynamism of the body. The next part Pratyahara denotes the annulment of the sense organs from the objects of enjoyment. The abiding three parts deal with the intense mental concentration.

Patanjali maintained that practicing these eight parts of yoga faithfully and deeply will over a chapter of time erase all the impurities of the body and mind and thus achieve knowledge that will liberate the person from the bondage and ignorance. This yoga is called Ashtanga Yoga since it is made of eight parts. It is also called as Dhyana yoga due to its accentuate on mental concentration. Hence when here is any mention of yoga, it is usually coded that the person is talking concerning Jnana Yoga.

Yoga.

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