Everyone’s idea of practicing religion is according to his basis of practicality and the ideology he believes in. There is work (Karma Yoga). There is worship (Bhakti Yoga). There is knowledge (Jnana Yoga). Prayer and worship, ashtanga yoga abhyasa, reading scriptures, reciting mantra, repeating japa, selfless action and service, compassion and generosity towards poor and needy are practical aspects of yoga and spirituality for practicing religion.
Some people are emotionally very loving, very affectionate. Such people find Bhakti Yoga as the supreme and Bhakti Yoga will be very very helpful for them to grow very fast towards the highest achievement. Some people are great intellectuals, they have got powerful intellect. They can understand. They can see through things and their logical brain is very strong. For them the Jnana Yoga is the best. The Jnana Yoga uses that intellect to transcend itself to go the highest. There are some people who are very good at hands, doing work, any work you give immediately they are going to do that. They may not be great thinkers but they can do the work very efficiently and see that the work is done. For such people the Karma Yoga is the best. They can be great social workers and act as role model for the society.
In the present age we need integration of karma, bhakti and jnana yoga along with spirituality to effectively practice religion for self-improvement and helping others.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda