Yoga means union… union of the mind and body… union of breath and movement… union of ourself and all that is… UNION… We aren’t disconnected individuals in a glass container. To the contrary, everything on this planet is made up of organisms: many much smaller individuals work together and form a larger structure, that in itself works with others and forms again a larger structure, etc. Like the way atoms form molecules together, or cells tissue, and those together form an organ, that again a whole system of organs and that later forms our whole body. Nothing works without the individual, nothing works without that union. Both are important! When one cell begins to mutate incorrectly and that unit unconsciousness so will the other cells in that tissue react in the same way, which then is called cancer. However is that unit filled with consciousness and being maintained the surrounding cells are capable of correcting that one wrongly mutated one since in that case the healthy cells get copied and not the other. The mutated cell then just dies. This though is only possible when the individual and the unity is honored.
In yoga (the physical asanas, pranayama, yogic outlook and meditation all belong in there) we rediscover this union on many different levels. Yoga shows us how to internally unite; become aware when we’ve lost our balance, and helps us find our way back to Self.
Yoga also shows us how to perceive the outside world from a less attached perspective, and teaches us to ride those waves of life, if we so wish. It has so many different facets and is an incredibly important tool for me on the way to self-knowledge and self-discovery, and just in general in life!