In the West, we tend to think of yoga as only the physical practice, however, asana is only one of The Eight Limbs of Yoga as described by Patanjali in the The Yoga Sutras, and nowadays, there are numerous styles of yoga practice within asana and the rest of Yoga tends to get lost.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga are a step by step process to sensitize the mind to the many layers of subtlety. One begins with the relationship to their body and personal habit formation in order to progress to the task of refining the physical body and the energies that animate it.
Only after such practices are undertaken with great diligence is it realistic to expect any insight related to the nature of the mind and its role in creating meaning. The pinnacle of the practice is approached when all the aspects of one’s Self have been uncovered and understood with serious discipline, and one’s being is therefore finally able to be seen as interconnected to all other beings.
I Am One