Conception:

The very term “Yoga” since being in vogue, needs a considerable deal of description regarding conceptions and misconceptions yoked with it. The most beautiful and the most concise definition of Yoga is seen in The Geeta, in chapter – 2, verse – 48 in which Lord Krishna says to Arjuna:

Verse in Sanskrit:
श्रीभगवान् उवाच।
योगस्थः कुरु कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय ।
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्योः समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते ॥२-४८॥

Transliteration:
śrī-bhagavān uvāca
yogasthaha kuru karmaani sangam tyaktvaa dhananjaya |
siddhyasiddhyoh samo bhootvaa samatvam yoga uchyate ||2-48||

Meaning:

The supreme personality of Godhead says: “Be steadfast in Yoga, O Arjuna. Perform your duty and abandon all attachment to success or failure. Such evenness/equilibrium/equanimity of mind is called Yoga“. (Chapter||2-48||)

Yoga has several disciplines of which three are the major one. Regarding those disciplines of  Yoga, the same Lord reveals the secrets in the Grand Text Srimada Bhagavatam where He talks to Uddhava. In canto – 11, chapter – 20, verse – 6,7,8 the Lord says:

Verse in Sanskrit:

श्रीभगवान् उवाच।

योगस्त्रयो मया प्रोक्ता नृणां श्रेयो विधित्सया ।
ज्ञानं कर्म च भक्तिश्च नोपायोऽन्योस्ति कुत्रचित् ॥६॥

Transliteration:

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

yogās trayo mayā proktā nṝṇāḿ śreyo-vidhitsayā

jñānaḿ karma ca bhaktiś canopāyo ‘nyo ‘sti kutracit ||6||

Meaning: 

The Supreme Personality of Godhead says: My dear Uddhava, because I desire that human beings may achieve perfection, I have presented three paths of advancement: the path of knowledge (Jnana Yoga), the path of work (Karma Yoga) and the path of devotion (Bhakti Yoga). Besides these three there is absolutely no other means of elevation. (11.20.6)

Verse in Sanskrit:

निर्विण्णानां ज्ञानयोगो न्यासिनामिह कर्मसु।
तेष्वनिर्विण्ण चित्तानां कर्मयोगस्तु कामिनाम्॥७॥

Transliteration:
nirviṇṇānāḿ jñāna-yogo nyāsinām iha karmasu
teṣv anirviṇṇa-cittānāḿ karma-yogas tu kāminām ||7||

Meaning:

Among these three paths, Jnana-Yoga, the path of philosophical speculation, is recommended for those who are disgusted with material life and are thus detached from ordinary, fruitive activities. Those who are not disgusted with material life, having many desires yet to fulfill, should seek perfection through the path of  karma-Yoga. (11.20.7)

Verse in Sanskrit:

यदृच्छया मत्कथादौ जातश्रद्धस्तु यः पुमान्।
न निर्विण्णो नातिसक्तो भक्तियोगोऽस्य सिद्धिदः॥८॥

Transliteration:
yadṛcchayā mat-kathādau jāta-śraddhas tu yaḥ pumān
na nirviṇṇo nāti-sakto bhakti-yogo ‘sya siddhi-daḥ ||8||

Meaning:

If somehow or other by good fortune one develops faith in hearing and chanting My glories, such a person, being neither very disgusted with nor attached to material life, should achieve perfection through the path of Bhakti Yoga. (11.20.8)

These preceding lines of the Grand texts throw light on the chief disciplines of Yoga following which perfection can be attained.

Misconception:

Hinting at the misconceptions regarding Yoga, Sanatana Yog Sandesh opines that what is done and taught nowadays in the name of Yoga as different movements of the parts of the body, breathing etc. are not Yoga rather they are disciplines of Yoga falling under the purview of Hatha Yoga. These disciplines are properly enshrined in the grand texts of yore which need no illogical, imaginative alterations and modifications.These disciplines complimenting one another, are many and they all come under these three above mentioned heads. Hatha Yoga (the most commonly practiced these days), Raja Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Nada Yoga, Swara Yoga, Kriya Yoga, etc. are several disciplines of Yoga which deal with different aspect of human phenomena. These are supposed to be applied to an individual as per his/her needs and limitations. At Sanatana Yog Sandesh we have scopes for all these aspects of Yoga to the extent of our “Happiness” at physical, mental and emotional level. These levels are our limitations and something beyond needs to be sought from the place or person to which the universe takes and guides an individual.

Yoga and its application:

In the modern time Yoga has emerged as a great need against many life style related complications. The discipline of Yoga is not only limited to an individual but it goes further beyond that. Owing to these applications several schools of thought have developed in the present time such as: Yoga and Ecology, Yoga and environment, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology and Yoga in applied sciences etc. Sanatana Yog Sandesh accepts all of these approaches and intends to share its opinions to further strengthen them.

Hari Om Tat Sat!

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