Today we’re exploring the Sanskrit word bhakti. Bhakti (pronounced Bach tea…now there’s a visual!) can simply be defined as devotion to God. Bhakti yoga is one of the 4 paths of yoga in yoga philosophy: the paths of action (karma yoga), devotion (bhakti yoga), knowledge/wisdom (jñana yoga), and raja yoga (the royal path – the one we are most familiar with in the west).

Bhakti yoga is the aspect of practice that encompasses prayer, worship, and ritual…spiritual practices that connect us to God. In bhakti yoga, connecting to God is the direct experience of the Divine as asserted in a particular spiritual tradition. The all-encompassing principle of bhakti yoga is love.