Is Yoga a Religion?

Many people ask this question: “Is Yoga a religion?” My answer would be, “No and yes.” How could it be both no and yes? Yoga is not a religion, so in that sense, the answer is no; but it is a synthesis of all the religions, so in that sense, it is yes. That is why we...

Yoga is Union

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that comes from the root, “yuj” which means “to join together.”  Simply put, Yoga means “union.” In many ways the term Yoga is similar to the English term, “communion.” It refers to the state of union or communion with God, one’s true Self, or...

Is Yoga Hindu?

Questions about the origins of Yoga and whether Yoga is a part of the Hindu religion have arisen over the years in Yoga classes, teacher training programs and universities. In this interview, Dr. Graham Schweig, a scholar and a yogi, tackles these perennial questions....

This is Yoga

What is the definition of Yoga? At the very outset of his Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says, “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah.” That’s the first sutra. What does it mean? “Calming the mind is Yoga.” Often, people think that standing on the head is Yoga,...

Yoga: A Practical System

Yoga is a perfect practical system of self-culture. Yoga is an exact science. It aims at the harmonious development of the body, the mind and the soul. Yoga is the turning away of the senses from the objective universe and the concentration of the mind within. Yoga is...