The Sanskrit word Yoga is derived from the root “Yuj” which means “Connector”. Yoga is a spiritual practice which ultimate goal is “connection or unity with our true self” ie also called the state of Samadhi, Nirvana, Kaivalya etc. Many different schools of Yoga and Masters teach Yoga according to their approach in order to achieve the ultimate goal of Yoga. They give some particular name to their style of Yoga.
Along with Tantra, Veda and Upanishads, Yoga has been always one of the most essential practices in Indian Spiritual Traditions,. Classical Yoga intents the Yoga as per practiced in Indian spiritual traditions.
Reference books for Classical Yoga Practices
Around 400 CE, Sage Patañjali beautifully synthesized, summarized, and organized all kind of yoga practices popular in Indian spiritual Traditions. He created a scripture called Yoga Sūtras of Patanjali. Yoga Sutras are a collection of 196 Sanskrit sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. Yoga Sutras are regarded as one of the most easiest and organized available book in 20th Century. Except this following are some other Classical Yoga Texts.
(1)Swara Yoga (Unknown author and time of appearance)
(2)Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Preached in 9th Century by Yogi Matsyendranath. Compiled in a book form by Swatmaram around 15-16th century)
(3) Shiva Samhita (1500 BC, complied in 17th-century by Unknown aurthor)
(4) Gherand Samhita (17th-century by Maharishi Gherand),
(5)Bhagvat Geeta (3200BCE by Ved Vyasa)
(6)Yoga Vashishtha (Vashishtha Muni, compiled in 10CE)
Who can Practice Classical Yoga?
Anybody can practices Classical Yoga. It brings positive transformations in physical and mental energy level, thoughts, feelings and consciousness. You have no need to be physically flexible to practice classical Yoga, just enjoy Yoga flow and you will be transformed spontaneously.