Yoga means to Unite or Make Whole. Sadhana is Spiritual Practice.
As awareness expands through spiritual practice, we can perceive that separateness is an illusion of the mind and that in reality all is One. The body and mind are manifestations of the same energy vibrating at different rates and the same consciousness that flows through you, flows through me and all of nature.
Yoga-Sadhana aims at a profound shift in perception resulting in liberation, abundance and freedom from suffering on all levels.
Yoga is non-competitive (that's harder than it sounds). It can be practiced by people of every age, ability and physicality. It has no religious component and can be practiced alongside any religious beliefs or non-beliefs.
Yoga is such an effective means to a healthy mind/body because it is truly wholistic. The systems of the body are brought into balance and work together as a whole, furthermore our thoughts, emotions and actions (head, heart and hands) are brought into alignment so that they work in harmony towards the same goal. A goal, or intention gives us a purpose, a reason to focus and direct energy in a particular direction, to take control of the mind and make conscious choices. And Yoga encourages self enquiry, to know thy self and ask the question "Who am I? and allows us to explore the intimate relationship between energy and consciousness.
You are already perfect and the possibilities are infinite. Conscious evolution is simply a process of deepening/expanding awareness to gain insight into the true nature of reality and let go of all limiting beliefs that create tension with what we know at a deep level to be the truth. It works the other way around too: by releasing tensions, we release energy and consciousness expands. When consciousness expands, healing, creativity and spiritual evolution naturally follow.
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