To overlook the subtleties of Yoga we are apt to be blinded to the spiritual purpose of a system that offers us a clear indication how to discover for ourselves, through direct experience, the spiritual realities beyond material existence.
The way of Yoga is simple. It begins in seeking to understand and determine to follow the natural laws or spiritual principles that are commonly revered in all cultures and affect our lives. This naturally includes attention to personal self discipline and self culture aided by learning the art of relaxation of mind and body and practices of meditation.
The beautiful system embraces the need for suitable health levels, physical and psychological. This includes a unique system to help master the body by Asanas or physical static positions designed to relate to attitudes of mind as well as body. Without this understanding we could be left as with an empty shell and neglect other more important disciplines related to our self culture and preparation toward spiritual realization.
In time, as we advance in applying the classical teachings we grow by extending our capacity to understand life beyond our own ego and come to identify more and more with our soul self or true centre of our being, sometimes described as the higher self, or the inner self.
Here we begin our own unique journey through life, consciously aware of our energy Source, tapped through our breathing and expressed through our life of activity and chosen work. We will possess increased self confidence and more conscious and careful of the application of our free will toward our clear personal goal.
We can gradually expect expansions of our consciousness that bring spontaneous personal realization of life and spiritual realities, with increased awareness of the immensity and unity of all life in a totality of consciousness or God consciousness.
So we all evolve through a process of natural evolution, progressing as a result of both individual effort and our willingness to surrender to the great life in which we all live and move and have our being, Knowing the ultimate Power that directs us toward light, truth and love.