Bhakti Yoga

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Relax, take a chill pill, or better still - take up Bhakti Yoga. Emotional, stressed and snapping at anyone who dare to look your way? Considered by some to be the oldest form of yoga, Bhakti Yoga is based on the doctrine “Love is God and God is Love”, and signifies both devotion and a loving attachment to the Divine. Sound tempting? Then read on!

How does it Work?

Bhakti simply means 'devotion.' By learning to let go of all doubts, fears and worries and replacing these with genuine love and devotion to the almighty Lord of The Universe, it might only take a few sessions for students of Bhakti yoga to realise that actually, life truly is wonderful.

Unlike other types of yoga which emphasise breathing techniques and asanas (physical postures), this type of yoga focuses on acts of worship (better known as “Hare Krishnas” – no, we’re not asking you to go out to hunt for those two-eared, furry animals to pamper and worship). Instead, through various yogic practices of singing, chanting, prayer, mythology and traditional divine rituals, one attempts to connect with the Universal Consciousness.

Bhakti yoga teaches those to control their feelings and emotions to establish a sense of equilibrium. By learning not to hate or despise other human beings , the body is thoroughly cleansed of any negativity or resentment towards others. Now that's therapy.

Is it for Me?

If you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone by combining breathing practices with improving physical posture , Bhakti yoga is not for you. This type of yoga is dedicated to those who are solely seeking emotional fulfillment and wellbeing in its most natural form.

Try not to be too sceptical about the practices of Bhakti until you’ve tried it. You might find that sharing your deepest thoughts and concerns with the Lord by meditation and chanting may just be the alternative solution to calm those raging hormones.

Good to Know

In 1993 Bhakti yoga teacher, Mata Amritanandamayi (“Amma”), was nominated as the “Hindu of the Year” by the monthly newspaper Hinduism Today. She is also known as the “hugging Mother” because at her devotional events, she likes to share hugs with devotees and guests.

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