In ancient times, yoga was often referred to as a tree: a living entity with roots, a trunk, branches, blossoms and fruit. Hatha yoga is one of six branches – the others include raja, karma, bhakti, jnana and tantra yoga. Each branch with its unique characteristics and function represents a particular approach to life but, even if your path takes you down one branch, you will find the other branches overlap. The principle of karma yoga is that what we experience today is created by our actions in the past. All of our present efforts become a way to consciously create a future that frees us from being bound by negativity and selfishness.
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