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Old 12-02-2020, 07:40 PM
Fredrick Fredrick is offline
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Yoga vs Meditation

What is the real difference between yoga and meditation. Do they compliment one another?
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:25 AM
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What do you mean by yoga? Are you just referring to physical postures? That is just a very small part of yoga. And traditionally the purpose of doing asanas is to prepare the physical body for meditation so it can sit comfortably for long periods.

Because there are many systems of yoga, and different people are drawn to different practices:
Hatha Yoga - physical asanas
Karma Yoga - the Yoga of action
Bhakti Yoga - the Yoga of devotion
Jnana Yoga - the Yoga of mental discrimination.

Then there are the more esoteric systems of Yoga - Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Shabd Yoga to name a few. These may involve physical actions and pranayama techniques and meditation.

Raja Yoga is a very good practice which encompasses a wide range of development. Raja Yoga is also known as Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Steps of Yoga), because it is organised in eight parts:
1. Yama - Self-control
2. Niyama- Discipline
3. Asana - Physical exercises
4. Pranayama - Breath exercises
5. Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the senses from external objects
6. Dharana - Concentration
7. Dhyana - Meditation
8. Samadhi - Complete Realisation

This is a vast subject, but for me, meditation is the most important aspect of yoga.

Peace
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Old 18-03-2020, 07:17 AM
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What do you mean by yoga?

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this information is very usefull for me and everyone thanks for sharing this
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:13 AM
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Yoga is meditation in motion. A lifestyle where mindfulness plays a role in everything you do.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:18 AM
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What do you mean by yoga? Are you just referring to physical postures? That is just a very small part of yoga. And traditionally the purpose of doing asanas is to prepare the physical body for meditation so it can sit comfortably for long periods.

Because there are many systems of yoga, and different people are drawn to different practices:
Hatha Yoga - physical asanas
Karma Yoga - the Yoga of action
Bhakti Yoga - the Yoga of devotion
Jnana Yoga - the Yoga of mental discrimination.

Then there are the more esoteric systems of Yoga - Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Shabd Yoga to name a few. These may involve physical actions and pranayama techniques and meditation.

Raja Yoga is a very good practice which encompasses a wide range of development. Raja Yoga is also known as Ashtanga Yoga (Eight Steps of Yoga), because it is organised in eight parts:
1. Yama - Self-control
2. Niyama- Discipline
3. Asana - Physical exercises
4. Pranayama - Breath exercises
5. Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the senses from external objects
6. Dharana - Concentration
7. Dhyana - Meditation
8. Samadhi - Complete Realisation

This is a vast subject, but for me, meditation is the most important aspect of yoga.

Peace

This is a very detailed analysis. In my opinion I think it's best to end your yoga practice with meditation. I practiced Integral yoga for many years and we were taught that the yoga postures prepare you for meditation. I end my practice with meditation.
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