The various Yogic practices have been traditionally classified into the four Margas (paths). These four paths are:
• Jnana Yoga which is the Yoga of wisdom and develops the Intellect or will
• Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion, opens the heart
• Karma Yoga, the path of action of selfless service.
• Raja Yoga, the royal or psychological which involves the mind. A branch of Raja Yoga is Hatha Yoga which prepares the Yogi for the higher stages of Raja Yoga.
The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga
Compiled by the Sage Patanjali Maharishi in the Yoga Sutras, the Eight Limbs are a progressive series of steps or disciplines which purify the body and mind, ultimately leading the yogi to enlightenment.