Yoga is a nonsectarian spiritual science that has been practiced and developed by the sages and rishis of India over thousands of years. The benefits of yoga are numerous. On the mental level it strengthens concentration, determination, and builds a stronger character that can more easily sustain various tensions in our lives for peace of mind. The assortment of asanas or postures also provide stronger health and keeps various diseases in check. They improve physical strength, endurance and flexibility. These are a few of the goals of yoga.
Its ultimate purpose, however, is to purify and raise our consciousness to a level in which we can directly perceive our real identity and the spiritual dimension. Then we can have our own spiritual experiences. This is what many people seem to forget or remain unaware of it. The point is that the more spiritual we become, the more we can perceive that which is spiritual. That is the real goal of yoga. As we develop and grow in this way through yoga, the questions about spiritual life are no longer a mystery to solve, but become a reality to experience. It becomes a practical part of our lives. This book will show you how to do that. Some of the topics include:
* Benefits of yoga
*The real purpose of yoga
*The types of yoga, such as Hatha yoga, Karma yoga, Raja and Astanga yogas, Kundalini yoga, Mudra yoga, Bhakti yoga, Mantra yoga, and others.
* The Chakras and Koshas
*Asanas and postures, and the Surya Namaskar
* Pranayama and breathing techniques for inner changes
*Deep meditation and how to proceed
*The methods for using mantras, such as Om and the Hare Krishna mantra
*Attaining spiritual enlightenment, and much more