Raja yoga – path of will power
Raja yoga is the yoga of growth and development through mental discipline.According to Patanjali’s yoga sutra, yoga is practiced to gain mastery over the mind. There are two types of practices under raja yoga:
- Bahiranga Yoga offers rules and regulations at the behavioral level (yama and niyama) as well as physical practices to gain better control over the body and the mind (asanas and pranayama).
- Antaranga Yoga comprises of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (consciousness – which deals directly with the mind).