The Essence and Purpose of Yoga
Awareness of God can come through work, knowledge control of breath, and devotion.
The human mind seeks the unknown because the present consciousness is incomplete and conflictual. If we look at the actions of man we can see that he has always been motivated by the acquisition of material, sensorial things. Even when the ego achieves possession it is still unhappy. What therefore, can make us complete? The task, therefore, is to seek the constant, the absolute, by using discrimination, to understand that the sensorial world in a conflictual world.
Yoga is a physical,mental and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, whose goal is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. The word is associated with meditative practices.The Sanskrit word Yoga has the literal meaning of "yoke", from a root yuj meaning to join, to unite, or to attach. As a term for a system of abstract meditation or mental abstraction it was introduced by Patanjali in the 2nd century BC. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a YOGI or YOGINI.
The goals of yoga are varied and range from improving health to achieving MOKSHA!!