"Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame."
From B.K.S Iyengar book "YOGA"
Aims of YOGA
"When there is perfect harmony between body and mind, we achieve self realization. Yoga teaches us that obstacles in the path of our self-realization indicate themselves in physical state is not perfect, this causes an imbalance in our mental state. The practice of yoga helps us to overcome that imbalance. Asanas tone the whole body. They strengthen bones and muscles, correct posture, improve breathing, and increase energy."
Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force.