Yoga means union, or that which joins or yokes. In Vedic astrology associations the planets form or variations of how they are placed in the chart are referred to as Yogas.
Most Yogas are composed of a combination, positioning of one or more than one planet. The idea behind most Yogas is to equate the planet’s strength in a chart, and how and when it will produce its effects in the person’s life. This is generally determined through the Mahadashas and Antardasha (Vimshottari pattern)of the planets.
If a planet is involved in many good, strength producing Yogas it will give it’s beneficial results at the time the person enters the dasha of that planet. There are auspicious Yogas for wealth, success, and happiness as well as inauspicious Yogas for downfall, poverty and ill health. The Yogas outlined here are the most basic Yogas, there are hundreds of Yogas to be memorized. But it is more important to understand the concept behind these names.
Presence of Maharaja Yogas (beneficial) or Ava Yogas (malefic) in the horoscope is not enough. The strength and effectiveness of the yoga is to be assessed. Even if a dozen Yogas are present, if they are weak or spoiled by other malefic effects, like conjunction with or aspected by malefic planets (like Saturn) or the lords of the house staying in inimical or debilitated house or get combusted or the like, they do not give benefits to the person. Similarly, malefic planets may not give malefic results if they are conjunct with or aspected by benefics like Jupiter and or stay in their own house or in exalted house.
I have made a small attempt to highlight a few important and prominent Yogas through this post. The most popular of Yogas that are studied often is related to Wealth, Prosperity, Studies, Education, Career, Rise in position, power, Foreign tour, settling abroad, Spirituality and godly activities.
Wealth Yogas: coming soon
Health Yogas: coming soon
Career Yogas: coming soon