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What is Yoga?


Definitions of Yoga


1.  Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah

Yoga is the control of the modifications of the disturbances of the mind.


bulletThe sensory motor system (manas)
bulletThe memory (Chitta)
bulletThe faculty of discrimination (buddhi)
bulletThe Ego I-am-ness (Ahankara)



2.  Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam  (Bh.G)

Yoga is skill in action


Performing your actions skillfully, lovingly and without expectations.


3.  Yoga is Samadhi (and that Samadhi is a universal attribute of the mind-field (chitta)).


4.  Yoga is niroddha which leads to the seer’s remaining in his own nature totally and permanently.


Having Free Will


The word Yoga comes from the the Sanskrit verb yuj

The 4th conjugation of yuj means Samadhi

The 6th conjugation yujir meaning Samadhi

The 10th conjugation of yuj, meaning , “to join, to restrain, to keep under control as in yoking.”


To Some the primary meaning was Samadhi, but there is much use in the sense of uniting, joining, yoking, in Vedic and Upanishadic literature. For purposes of the Yoga texts (Yoga Sutras) it is reasonable to accept.


The Rishi Vyasa’s statement that the word yoga means Samadhi and that Samadhi is a universal attribute of the mind field.


According to the ancient masters the practice of yoga actually begins in the mind and through the medium of the breath becomes manifest in the body.