The extraordinary experience gained by controlling the modifications of the mind is itself called Yoga.
What is Yoga?
I want to start out by saying that there is a greater depth to yoga than we can imagine. Yoga offers an endless world of exploration, into ourselves and all those built-on layers of our perceived identities, and into something so great that it cannot be fully understood on an intellectual level; oneness, and the vastness of the Universe. In yoga we can find truth in ourselves through observation and training of the body and mind, and I am so grateful to the many masters and gurus who have devoted their lives to yoga, who offer us the great insights that they have gained through their own practice and devotion. Patanjali states that “the extraordinary experience gained by controlling the modifications of the mind is itself called Yoga.” B.K.S. Iyengar says that yoga is “the true union of our will with the will of God”. So, essentially, yoga is the practice of aligning yourself with your true purpose. Having said this, yoga is also a very personal practice, and the definition and the significance of yoga probably varies as much as the yogis or yoginis behind the yoga practice.
For me, yoga is training of the body and mind, it is always with me and I am always practicing yoga even when I’m not on the mat, when I’m living my days through my different roles in this divine cosmic concert. A gate that opens for the understanding of something so profound that cannot truly be understood on an intellectual level. Oneness. The illusion of separation. And all of this becomes so exciting when I remember that I am not my body. I am not even my mind. I am that, I am the awareness, the seer, I am the true me.