The four main types of yoga: Bhakti, Raja, Karma, and Jnana, give us the opportunity to bring yoga into our everyday life and make the state of yoga (psychospiritual wholeness) our new normal. Learn the four main yoga paths, and how to practice and teach them for greater wellbeing!
Yogis come in all different shapes and sizes, but they also come in different passions, different ways in which they want to interact with and participate in the practice of yoga. I thought I’d take this particular podcast and go through the four main types of yoga, and who they’re most suited for, and talk about how you might try out a different path than you’re used to. So, here we go.
If we can pull our yoga into all the parts and elements of our life, meaning that yoga becomes who you are as an individual, yoga becomes not just a daily practice for a short amount of time, but actually a lifestyle.
In introducing the four main types of yoga, I think there’s a pretty good chance that you may be thinking that I’m going to talk about Ashtanga Yoga, versus Iyengar Yoga, versus Vinyasa Yoga, but nope. All of the forms of yoga that we practice that include Asana actually fall under one of these four main types of yoga, and that is Raja Yoga. Instead, I’m going talk you through the four main paths of yoga, as yoga itself lays them out. They are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. It’s totally fine if you’ve never heard these words before. I’m going go through and explain in detail what each of them means, and how you can dabble in one or the other, that you may not have tried. I also wanna emphasize that it’s okay to not choose just one. We can move in and out between all of these four paths, we can favor one for a time and then move to another one, or perhaps we really just resonate with one path in particular, and we can stick with that one for the rest of our lives.