Numerous systems of yoga are popularized in western world; however a small number of people have a real awareness about meaning of yoga... Yoga definitely is not just some gymnastics exercise which helps us to keep the body fit. Yoga is something much deeper... The word yoga has practically the same meaning as word “re-ligare” and that means to get in touch with someone or something higher (superior). Till the movement for Krishna consciousness was established in the West, none of popular yoga courses weren't really teaching the perfection of yoga.
In the Bhagavad-gita, Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, gives instruction about the perfection of yoga directly to Arjuna. If we really want to take part in perfection of yoga system, Bhagavad-gita will give us the authoritative statements of the Supreme Personality. Bhakti yoga, devotional service of Krishna, is the top of all yoga systems. In fact, all yoga systems described in the Bhagavad-gita conclude with this meaning, because Krishna is the final destination of all yoga systems.
Between the starting with karma yoga and ending with bhakti yoga there is a long journey of self realization. When knowledge and renunciation becomes increased through yoga, that degree is called jnana yoga or knowledge yoga. Through practicing of jnana yoga person increases meditation on Super Soul, by different physical processes, and when mind is focused on Super soul that degree is called astanga yoga. When person overcomes astanga yoga and starts worshiping Almighty Divine person Krishna, that degree is called bhakti yoga, the peak.
In fact, bhakti yoga is the ultimate goal, but to ponder bhakti yoga, first we must overcome other processes. Therefore, advanced yogi is on the right path toward eternal happiness. He who has reached a certain level, and doesn’t make any progress further is called accordingly to his current position – karma yogi, jnana yogi, dhyana yogi, raja yogi, hatha yogi etc. But if someone is fortunate enough to achieve bhakti yoga level, Krishna consciousness, he has overcome all other yoga systems.
Since most of people today don’t have the ability to start practicing bhakti yoga directly, our association begins with regular (2 times a week) courses of atma-Yoga. Through atma yoga people can gradually advance in yoga scale, first through basic body and mind exercises and then through power yoga.