Bhakti is a type of yoga that focuses on devotion to a higher being. It’s purpose is to achieve a better union with the divine. It may be considered the more “spiritual” of all the styles of yoga, but that is a misonomer because all Yoga is inherently spiritual.
One doesn’t need to be a genius to get heavily involved in this yoga. It truly appeals to every man and woman, providing a sense of security and a tight relationship with devotion. Some seek out Yoga for bodily strength while others seek out Yoga for inner mental strength. While this covers both inner and outer, the real appeal of Bhakti is that heavy focus on the inner.
This yoga believes that a much higher power created the cosmos and the universe. By tapping into the energy of this higher power, a practitioner can experience grace and mercy. This in turn is supposed to protect them from any harm. A devotee of Bhakti yoga focuses on making themselves fit to be able to receive this grace. That is where practice comes in.
The practitioner needs to have an ultimate goal in mind. That goal is to “be one” or unite with the divine power that flows through everything. It is considered a form of surrender. Bhakti practitioners renounce issues like good and bad, leaving it up to the will of the divine power to choose. This isn’t a true discarding of being good, just a realization that there are some things you are unable to affect.
But let’s not forget that this yoga is also physical. Yes, there is a emphasis on the spiritual, but there is still a physical component involved!
Devotion and faith are the key tenets in this style. It is expected that a practitioner works towards being more religious. They need to take a friendly stance towards every living thing (including animals, and this is where veganism comes in). They should be well read on religious topics, and want the best for every living thing, person or animal.
There is a true simplicity in Bhakti yoga. By focusing on the divine aspects, it has become one of the largest and most appealing styles of yoga practiced today. Any person looking for a deeper peace of mind would enjoy this yoga and would benefit greatly from trying it. And what is the ultimate goal of life (through yoga)? True inner peace.