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“Y4 paths-of-yoga-200x240oga” comes from the Sanskrit verb yuj, to yoke or unite. A goal of yoga is to unite oneself with the divine.

Different paths are available, each with practices that can fit with the varied psychological natures of different people:

Karma Yoga          The Path of Action
Bhakti Yoga           The Path of Love
Jnana Yoga            The Path of Knowledge
Raja Yoga              The Path of Meditation

Ryoga-posture 1 (300x240)aja yoga can include physical exercises to prepare the body for prolonged meditation. As part of this, or related to it, Hatha Yoga uses physical movement, postures, and breathing exercises to improve physical health and clear the mind. These may be done mainly as a type of exercise and stretching. Or, in some settings, they may be accompanied by philosophies of opposing energies, power, balance, or purification, or as ways to “get in touch with our core of existence which is the core of all existence . . .”

For many religious naturalists, Jnana Yoga may be of interest where, through study and reflection, seeking to recognize and respond to the true nature of things can be appreciated as a spiritual path. 

Reading-2-480xc280Other paths are also available, where compassion, good works, meditation, and other practices can be ways of connecting with the divine. 


The Path of Knowledge: Jnana Yoga
The Path of Love: Bhakti Yoga
The Path of Action: Karma Yoga
The Path of Meditation: Raja Yoga
Hatha yoga