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08 December 2007, 08:35 AM
I am not talking about types of yogas. But simply yogic methods to uplift us. For instance, I always thought I know all sorts of yogas that exist, but everyday, I am discovering more. Is there a place that list all of them? Yoga Nidra for instance, is a must but I only found out about it accidently.

19 December 2007, 03:24 AM
Alright, forget about that, there are couple spiritual practice that I believe every man should give a try. Among there are Vipassana Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Sattvik life style.

However, all of these were discovered by me accidently, do you guys know of more?

19 December 2007, 08:20 AM
I am interested in yoga-nidra mainly because my nidra is not quite smooth. However can't find the cds or the books in my city. maybe i'll get of my a** and see if its available online in india.

19 December 2007, 12:57 PM
A great Yoga Nidra CD that I use almost daily is available from swamij.com and is also available from amazon.com. In India I don't know but the swamij site is worth a look.

20 December 2007, 12:22 AM

There are 33 koTi devAs, so there must be at least 330,000,000 yogAs. ;)

31 December 2007, 07:23 PM
What is Koti devas and what does that have to do with how many yogas there are? Btw...I found these Yogas on Wikipedia...tell me if I am missing something. Or tell me any other good sites for such stuff....also any ways which is used for reaching salvation is considered Yoga in my definition...

Agama Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agama_Yoga)
Agni Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agni_Yoga) - Nicholas Roerich (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Roerich) and his wife Helena Roerich (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Roerich)
Anahata Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahata_Yoga) - Ana Costa (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ana_Costa&action=edit)
Ananda Marga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Marga) - Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrii_Shrii_Anandamurti)
Anusara Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anusara_Yoga) - John Friend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Friend)
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtanga_Vinyasa_Yoga) - Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_K._Pattabhi_Jois)
Bhakti yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhakti_yoga)
Bikram Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikram_Yoga) - Bikram Choudhury (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikram_Choudhury)
Dahn yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahn_yoga) - Ilchi Lee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilchi_Lee)
Integral Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_Yoga) - Sri Aurobindo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Aurobindo)
International Yoga Federation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Yoga_Federation)
Iyengar Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyengar_Yoga) - B.K.S. Iyengar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.K.S._Iyengar)
Kripalu Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kripalu_Center) - Amrit Desai (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amrit_Desai)
Kriya Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga) - Paramahansa Yogananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramahansa_Yogananda)
Sahaja Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahaja_Yoga) - Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirmala_Srivastava)
Sant Mat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sant_Mat) / Surat Shabd Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surat_Shabd_Yoga) - Shiv Dayal Singh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiv_Dayal_Singh)
Satyananda Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyananda_Yoga) - Swami Satyananda Saraswati (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Satyananda_Saraswati)
Siddha Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddha_Yoga) - Swami Muktananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muktananda)
Sivananda Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sivananda_Yoga) - Swami Vishnu-devananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vishnu-devananda)
Tibetan Yoga(Tsa lung Trul khor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsa_lung_Trul_khor))
Narupo/Niguma Yogas

Tummo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tummo) (T:gtum-mo; S:caṇḍālī) the Yoga of Inner Heat (or Mystic heat).
Gyulu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyulu) (T:sgyu-lus; S:māyākāyā) the Yoga of the Illusory Body.
sel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96sel_%28yoga%29) (T:hod-gsal; S:prabhāsvara (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prabashvara)) the Yoga of the Clear Light or Radiant Light. These three first are considered the main practices of the completion stage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Completion_stage) (T:dzog rim (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzog_rim); S:saṃpanna-krama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%E1%B9%83panna-krama)) in the Anuttara Yoga Tantra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuttara_Yoga_Tantra) . [3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_yogas_of_Naropa#_note-2) [4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_yogas_of_Naropa#_note-3)

Milam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Yoga) (T:rmi-lam; S:svapnadarśana) the Yoga of the Dream State.
Bardo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardo) (T:bar-do; S:antarābhava) the Yoga of the Intermediate State. This is well-known through the Bardo Thodol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardo_Thodol). Bardo yoga as the yoga of liminality (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality) may include aspects of Gyulu and Milam and is therefore to be engaged as an extension of these disciplines.
Phowa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phowa) (T:hpho-ba; S:saṃkrānti) the Yoga of the Transference of Consciousness, to a pure Buddhafield. Other yogas, sometimes grouped with those above, or set as auxilliary practices, include:

Forceful projection, into another body.[5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_yogas_of_Naropa#_note-4) This technique may no longer be extant, or is kept secret. The forceful projection of the mindstream (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindstream) into the bodymind (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodymind) of another is a variation that consists of elements of Phowa, sel and Gyulu.
Keown, et. al. (2003) list a "seventh yoga" that is a variation of Phowa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phowa), in which the sadhaka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadhaka) by transference (grong 'jug), may transfer their mindstream into a recently deceased body.[6] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_yogas_of_Naropa#_note-5)
Kāmamudrā or "loveseal" (sometimes Karmamudrā or "actionseal") (T:las kyi phyag rgya). This is the tantric yoga involving a physical partner. Like all other yogas, it cannot be practiced without the basis of the inner heat yoga, of which kāmamudrā is an extension.
Nāropa himself, in the Vajra Verses of the Whispered Tradition, adds the practice of self-liberation in the "wisdom of non-duality" [7] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_yogas_of_Naropa#_note-6), which is the resolved view of Mahāmudrā (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah%C4%81mudr%C4%81) and Dzogchen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzogchen). But this is always considered as a distinct path.
There are many preliminary practices, and physical exercises called yantras, to the inner heat yoga. A good example of this is the visualization on the body as being hollow: "here the body and the energy channels (nadis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadi)) are to be seen as completely transparent and radiant". [8] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_yogas_of_Naropa#_note-7) This essential technique releases tensions and give suppleness to the prāna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pr%C4%81na) channels.Pranava yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pranava_yoga)

Narayanananda Universal Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Narayanananda_Universal_Yoga&action=edit) - Swami Narayanananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Narayanananda)
Warrior Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Warrior_Yoga&action=edit) - Frank Shamrock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Shamrock)
Tantra Yoga
Viniyoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viniyoga) - T. Krishnamacharya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._Krishnamacharya) and T.K.V. Desikachar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.K.V._Desikachar)
Tummo: Kundalini yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini_yoga), Vajrayana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrayana), Nath Sampradaya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nath_Sampradaya), Mahasiddha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahasiddha) and Milarepa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milarepa):Bhakti yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhakti_yoga) Karma Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma_Yoga) Jnana Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jnana_Yoga) Raja Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_Yoga)
Dream Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Yoga) Surat Shabd Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surat_Shabd_Yoga)
Yantra Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yantra_Yoga)

Shaivism's ways: Shaambhavopaaya, Shaaktopaaya and Aanavopaaya

Noble Eightfold Path.

31 December 2007, 09:24 PM
What is Koti devas and what does that have to do with how many yogas there are?


Perhaps I should ask, what do you consider as the ultimate aim of all yoga? Or, what is "salvation"?

01 January 2008, 02:05 AM
As devi says there is no object or an element or a patent (as it seems in this case) known as yoga in this earth, heavens or hells. Only the state when jivatman realizes the paramatman is called yoga. There can be only one yoga and several techniques which can somewhat help in attaining it. Traditionally yogic sadhana are 3 fold - Karma Bhakti tatha Jnanam ~ Work Devotion and Knowledge.

01 January 2008, 06:02 AM
Salvation can be seen as Moksch/Nirvana/out of rebirth cycle which has more categories such as Arahat. Aim of yogas is to ascend one person spiritually/aid him/her on his/her path to salvation....therefore...any new method I find(even Osho's guidance to do whatever you please....I consider it a type of Yoga)

I know there can be infinite yogas possible...I was just talking practically about the ones discovered yet...I am looking to gain maximum benefits...but why did you pick the number 33 hundred thousands?

sm78....there are 3 ways to realize/understand...through love, experience, and knowledge....so yes you are right...but I don't think absence of one is necessarily gonna stop you...for instance...Kundalini Yoga involves none...It is similar to Raj yoga...just a method to control...perhaps the quickest way possible.

I found another Yoga...this is rather a local Yoga...but has content..therefore...I have no doubt it will soon be recognized internationally.

Amrit Yoga

Oh, and I also forgot to mention the most western culturally popular yoga; Hatha yoga up there.

Please add the ones I am missing.

Thank you.

01 January 2008, 01:05 PM
Hari Om

I found another Yoga...this is rather a local Yoga...but has content..therefore...I have no doubt it will soon be recognized internationally.

Amrit Yoga

Thank you.

Namaste skhandelwal,
when I read this string I am wondering if you are looking to list out the practices of yoga, the various paths and techniques , as I see a nice list.

Yet a look at yoga itself may be of merit, then one can say 'does this path bring me to this yoga?' ( at least that is my POV). That is there are multiple techniques, that bring one to yoga.

If we look to Patanjali, Samadhi Pada ( chapt 1) of his Yoga Sutras he says:
sutra 1. 2 yogash citta-vrtti-nirodah

vrtti: A modification, patterned spinning, bias, recurring thought patterns; machinations, wave form vacillations, processing, fluctuations, unstable condition, bias, or your basic whirling of the mind thought, all that.
citta: mind-field: Field of consciousness.
nirodha: cessation, cancellation, null, dissolution, stillness, emptiness, or extinguished.
citta + vrtti: taken as a whole is the the wavering, vacillations, agitations, within the field of consciousness.The mind or ego identifies with the whirlings. A state of mind where the observer identifies with these permutations of the mind.

yogash occurs when citta + vrtti is nirodha (stilled, cancelled , ceased).

That is, yoga is there already, we need to just remove the 'noise level'.
Just like a room filled with childen playing, jumping, etc. We remove the childern and the room is back to its state of silence...

So what is this state of yoga योग then... this yoking, connection, junction, union? It is being possessed of the SELF, of Atman. At all times 7x24x365.


01 January 2008, 03:43 PM
I understand that....but how do we get there is the question...I guess numerous yogas are just different ways....btw, here are some of them I have found definitions of.

Agama Yoga: Mental Hatha Yoga

Agni Yoga: Living through freeing the fire within by completing desireful acts.

Anahat Yoga: We all need something to rely on....this teaches to rely on yourself.

Ananda Marga Yoga: Sum of Pra'rambhika Yoga, Sa'dharana Yoga, Sahaja Yoga, Vishesha Yoga, and Rajadhira'ja Yoga.

Anusara Yoga: (Tantric philosophy + hatha yoga) What we see through our senses is god...Maya is within us...and it goes away through Hatha Yoga.

Vamachara Yoga(left hand path - tantric): Transgressive, Hardest, neither nondual nor dual.(Tamsic)

Madhyama Yoga(mid path - tantric): unemotional interpretation.(rajasic)

Dakshinachara Yoga(right hand path - tantric): asceticism and meditation.(Saatvik)

NeoTantra Yoga: Salvation through having sex.(together)

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Purifies the body through heating it by Hatha Yoga postures.

Hatha yoga: based on freeing 3 muscular locks from our bodies; mula(root lock), udiyana(abdominal lock), and jalandhar bandha.(throat lock) Also frees 9 Dhristis Locks;
There are, in total, nine drishtis that instruct the yoga student in directing his or her gaze.
Each pose is associated with a particular drishti. They include:
Angusta ma dyai: to the thumb
Broomadhya: to the third eye, or between the eyebrows
Nasagrai: at a point six inches from the tip of the nose
Hastagrai: to the palm, usually the extended hand
Parsva: to the left side
Parsva: to the right side
Urdhva: to the sky, or inwards
Nabichakra: to the navel
Padayoragrai: to the toes

For list of yogic postures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hatha_yoga_postures

And last and probably the least popular...Mantras break the mental locks.

Bhakti Yoga: Easiest dual method, path of unconditional and unselfish love.

Bikram Yoga: Heat Yoga...based on practicing a subpractice of hatha yoga in 105°F (40.5°C) in 90 minutes.
26 posturse aren't to be practiced on the same day but they are;
# Sanskrit English
1 Pranayama Series Standing Deep Breathing
2 Ardha Chandrasana with Pada-Hastasana Half Moon Pose with Hands To Feet Pose
3 Utkatasana Awkward Pose
4 Garurasana Eagle Pose
5 Dandayamana - JanuShirasana Standing Head To Knee Pose
6 Dandayamana - Dhanurasana Standing Bow Pulling Pose
7 Tuladandasana Balancing Stick Pose
8 Dandayamana - Bibhaktapada - Paschimottanasana Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
9 Trikonasana Triangle Pose
10 Dandayamana - Bibhaktapada - Janushirasana Standing Separate Leg Head To Knee Pose
11 Tadasana Tree Pose
12 Padangustasana Toe Stand Pose
13 Savasana Dead Body Pose
14 Pavanamuktasana Wind Removing Pose
15 Sit Up Sit Up
16 Bhujangasana Cobra Pose
17 Salabhasana Locust Pose
18 Poorna - Salabhasana Full Locust Pose
19 Dhanurasana Bow Pose
20 Supta - Vajrasana Fixed Firm Pose
21 Ardha - Kurmasana Half Tortoise Pose
22 Ustrasana Camel Pose
23 Sasangasana Rabbit Pose
24 Janushirasana with Paschimottanasana Head To Knee Pose with Stretching Pose
25 Ardha - Matsyendrasana Spine Twisting Pose 26 Khapalbhati Blowing In Firm

Dahn Yoga: Improves energy system through qi(korean yoga), Mixture of Tai Chi, Hatha yoga, and Martial Arts exercises. Meridian Stretching, postures, meditation, etc. Perhaps the universal secret to physical strength.

16 January 2008, 12:37 AM
I found another Yoga, it seems to be easiest, and can be accompanied by any other.

Pranava yoga: Focus on Aum through breathing...and one shall become one w/ brahman.


16 January 2008, 01:35 AM
Namaste Skhandelwal

The source of praNava yoga is the ancient prANavAyugA, and the blissful union is five-fold. ;)
From all 330 million possibilities, this is an excellent suggestion, for the true praNava cannot lead one astray! :)

Bob G
16 January 2008, 03:59 PM
Good Lord,

Is there a "yoga" for packing all those yogas (mentioned earlier) around?! ;)

In doing even one small thing correctly, "big things" will then begin falling into place will they not?


16 January 2008, 11:12 PM
I think we have to be careful not to include some of the more recent 'yogas' that generally tend to lack validity and authenticity. For example, I think Bikram Yoga (at least, from the way it was portrayed on 60 Minutes, a tv program) is essentially nothing more than a commercial enterprise.

22 September 2016, 07:20 PM
One more kind is Ishvara Yoga.

Wikipedia says:

In a religious translation of Patanjali's Eight-Limbed Yoga, the word Īśvarapraṇidhāna means committing what one does to a Lord, who is elsewhere in the Yoga Sūtras (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_S%C5%ABtras) defined as a special person (puruṣa) who is the first teacher (paramaguru) and is free of all hindrances and karma.

Īśhvarapraṇidhāna is mentioned in Patanjali's Yogasutras as follows:[3] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvarapranidhana#cite_note-pys-3)

Sanskrit: शौच संतोष तपः स्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि नियमाः ॥३२॥
– Yoga Sutras II.32
This literally transliterates as, "Śauca (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaucha), Santoṣa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santosha), Tapas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapas_%28Sanskrit%29), Svādhyāya (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sv%C4%81dhy%C4%81ya) and Isvarapranidhana are the Niyamas". This is the second limb in Patanjali's eight limb Yoga (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_yoga) philosophy is called niyamas which include virtuous habits, behaviors and ethical observances (the "dos").
Ishvara-Pranidhana is listed as the fifth niyama (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niyama) by Pantanjali. In other forms of yoga, it is the tenth niyama.
In verses I.27 and I.28, yogasutras associate Isvara with the concept Pranava (प्रणव, ॐ) and recommends that it be repeated and contemplated in one of the limbs of eight step yoga.[18] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvarapranidhana#cite_note-mmd132-18) This is seen as a means to begin the process of dissociating from external world, connecting with one's inner world, focusing and getting one-minded in Yoga (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_yoga).


Wikipedia also says:

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphorism)). The Yoga Sutras were compiled around 400 CE by Sage Patanjali (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patanjali), taking materials about yoga from older traditions.[1] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutras_of_Patanjali#cite_note-FOOTNOTEWujastyk201133-1)[2] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutras_of_Patanjali#cite_note-FOOTNOTEFeuerstein1978108-2)[3] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutras_of_Patanjali#cite_note-FOOTNOTETolaDragonettiPrithipaul1987x-3) Together with his commentary they form the Pātañjalayogaśāstra.[4] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Sutras_of_Patanjali#cite_note-FOOTNOTEWujastyk201132-33-4)

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali was the most translated ancient Indian text in the medieval era, having been translated into about forty Indian languages and two non-Indian languages: Old Javanese (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Javanese) and Arabic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic).

Patanjali's concept of Isvara in Yoga philosophy functions as a "transformative catalyst or guide for aiding the yogin on the path to spiritual emancipation".[29] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvara#cite_note-29) Patanjali defines Isvara (Sanskrit: ईश्वर) in verse 24 of Book 1, as "a special Self (पुरुषविशेष, puruṣa-viśeṣa)",[30] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvara#cite_note-30)

Sanskrit: क्लेश कर्म विपाकाशयैःपरामृष्टः पुरुषविशेष ईश्वरः ॥२४॥
– Yoga Sutras I.24

This sutra of Yoga philosophy of Hinduism adds the characteristics of Isvara as that special Self which is unaffected (अपरामृष्ट, aparamrsta) by one's obstacles/hardships (क्लेश, klesha), one's circumstances created by past or one's current actions (कर्म, karma), one's life fruits (विपाक, vipâka), and one's psychological dispositions/intentions (आशय, ashaya).[31] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvara#cite_note-se5-31)[32] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvara#cite_note-32)


However, as I understand it, there is a special kind of stretching exercize made by a Russian yogist that he calls Ishvara Yoga.
Here is him performing it:

There are also Yoga centers in the US titled Ishvara Yoga.

But I think that they are not connected with the Yoga Sutras' discussions on Ishvara, right?