The physical practice of Yoga
Asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet, and deep relaxation. The combination of these practices helps to purify and strengthen the body and mind.
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) worship
The path of concentration and meditation
Using the 8 limbs of Yoga, from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali one achieves balance and control of the mind. This practice leads the practitioner to the state of samadhi, or super-consciousness.
The path of love and devotion
Transcending the individual ego through devotional practices such as prayer, kirtan (chanting), puja (offering) to attain union with the Divine.
The path of selfless service
Serving as you are called to do without attachment to the results (fruits) of the action; through this, one becomes a pure channel of love and service.
The path of wisdom
The path of wisdom takes an analytical approach to the question: “Who am I?” By the study of scriptures, self-analysis, and awareness, the individual ceases to identify with the body and mind, and realizes Union with the Self.
The practice of mantra repetition
Awareness of the cosmic vibration is achieved by continuous and concentrated repetition of a mantra (a sound vibration representing an aspect of the Divine).
“My motto has always been, ‘Truth is One, Paths are Many.’ The great sages and saints have experienced the same truth but only expressed it in different ways. It does not matter what name you give to the nameless Spirit—you are free to call it whatever you like. The only way to eternal peace and joy is to realize that Spirit. But when we miss that point, we fight in the name of Spirit.”
~ Swami Satchidananda