Yoga: One of 7 Indian Philosophies

March 19, 2014    BY Ishan Tigunait

Where does yoga fit among the 7 schools of Indian philosophy? Though it’s most closely associated with Samkhya philosophy, Ishan explains why yoga, the philosophy of mind, is by far the most practical and experiential of all the schools and transcends all the others. Through its many paths—raja, jnana, hatha, etc.—yoga leads us to experience the essence of the world inside and outside us. Ishan briefly describes the other schools of Indian philosophy, including Vedanta (nondualism), Mimamsa (the basis of tantra), and Buddhism, and says that by studying them, you can amplify your understanding of yoga.

Ishan Tigunait
Son of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ishan Tigunait received his first spiritual lessons from Swami Rama. He earned a degree in computer engineering and worked for IBM before returning to the Institute to lead the Himalayan Institute's humanitarian projects around the world. Ishan currently serves as the Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute.