Yoga calls itself science.


Yoga is the most diversified spiritual practice in the world. Crossing over many cultures (including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and the West), Yoga also extends over multiple languages such as Hindi, Tibetan, Bengali, Sanskrit, Tamil, Prakit, Marathi and Pali.

Rather, Yoga has been passed down for thousands of years in a personal way, from teacher to pupil, without institutional support of any kind. It is perhaps a tribute to Patanjali’s brilliance and clarity that, while there are many branches and approaches to Yoga, it has remained an eminently recognizable discipline, with principles and practices that present an integral whole.

By calling itself science, Yoga has within the last years become an integral part of Western society, where it is taught in nearly every clubs, in public schools, in industry, and in many churches. Dressed in Western clothes, Yoga has gained acceptance in medicine, psychology, education, and religion under such euphemisms as ‘centering,’ ‘relaxation therapy,’ ‘self-hypnosis,’ and ‘creative visualization.’ Yoga is designed to lead to the ‘realization’ of one’s true ‘godhood’ through an inward meditative journey that finally locates the ultimate source of everything within the human psyche.

We realize that Yogic tradition continues to proliferate and spread its message of peace to this very day.

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  1. So my question is whether the Yoga might call itself Science.

  2. Evelyn,
    In the narrow sense where Science is used to mean a systematized knowledge base based on empirical facts obtained through the application of the “Scientific Method” I think Yoga is sorely lacking and you are correct to question Yoga calling itself a Science. However, in the broader sense, as defined in Wikipedia and the Merriam-Webster “Online dictionary” a Science may be a systematized knowledge of an object of study, such as in the science of theology, or as something such as a sport or technique, that may be studied or learned as a systematized knowledge base, then Yoga can be considered a Science.

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