10 Definitions of Yoga

by Delight Yoga

10 Definitions of Yoga
 

There are lots of references to Yoga in Hindu scriptures, especially in the Gita, the Upanishads and other Puranas. Here’s a selection of 10 quotations from Sanskrit literature, which are trying to define or qualify Yoga:

 

“Yoga is balance (samatva)”
- THE BHAGAVAD GITA 

“Yoga is known as the disconnection (viyoga) of the connection (samyoga) with suffering.”
THE BHAGAVAD GITA 

“Yoga is the control of the whirls of the mind.”
YOGA SUTRAS

“Yoga is ecstasy (samadhi)”
- YOGA BHSHYA

“Yoga is said to be the oneness of breath, mind, and senses, and the abandonment of all states of existence.”
 MAITR-UPANISHAD

“Yoga is the union of the individual psyche (jiva-tman) with the transcendental Self (paramatman).”
- YOGA-YJNAVALKYA 

“Yoga is the unification of the web of dualities (dvandva-jla).” 
- YOGA-BJA  

“Yoga is the separation (viyoga) of the Self from the earthly (prakriti).” 
- RJA-MRTANDA

“Yoga is said to be the unity of exhalation and inhalation and of blood and semen, as well as the union of Sun and Moon and of the individual psyche with the transcendental Self.”
- YOGA-SHIKH-UPANISHAD  

“This they consider Yoga: the steady holding of the senses.”
- KATHA-UPANISHAD