स तु दीर्घकालनैरन्तर्यसत्कारासेवितो दृढभूमिः ॥ १४॥
Sa tu dīrghakālanairantaryasatkārāsevito dṛḍhabhūmiḥ ..14..
Practice becomes firmly grounded when attended for a long time, without interruption and with reverence
Patañjali yoga sūtras I:14
Practice is the cornerstone of yoga, without which we will not develop. The theory can be studied in few months, but the studying can`t replace realization through the practice. Yoga is in this aspect very generous and is providing us with many techniques how to develop ourselves and move towards the goal of life. The four main paths of yoga are working mainly with one attribute: love (Bhakti yoga), wisdom (Jñāna yoga), will (Rāja yoga) and action (Karma yoga) please see the article about kinds of yoga. Of course for each of these attributes exists many practices, and as every person is individuality so he need a bit different practice.
Further we will speak about practices with which we have experience. It will be dealt from point of our realization and understanding, serving as inspiration for all seeking. Surely here will not be mentioned all the practices and in all their aspects. Nevertheless for introducing the practices with following possibility of practice will be enough with the grace of Divine. Even we should keep in mind that the teacher or instructor able to guide you and help you is often irreplaceable.
Practices can be divided for classification purposes in between the physical and mental. But we should be aware that the mind and emotions are connected with the body, so through the body we can influence mind and emotions and vice versa. Under the text follows the enumeration of practices with short description with which we will deal on this pages. For more details please use the links. Unfortunately as the pages are still under construction so the working links are blue.
Āsanas: Postures of body
Prānāyāma: Control of prāna (energy) inside body mainly through breathing exercises.
Ṣatkarmas: Six cleansing techniques of body
Mudras: In translation means symbol or seal and are used for more subtle work with energy and breath.
Samyama: Is the term denoting three interconnected elements: concentration, meditation ad samādhi
Mantras: Is invocation or prayer
Yoga Nidra: Dynamical meditation technique working with visualization, leading to deep relaxation.
Don´t forget what a sage Dattātreya told in his Yoga Śāstra: "Succes is never gained through mere readings of books." (84).