Most Hindu texts discuss yoga as a practice to control the senses and ultimately, the mind.The most famous of which is the Bhagavad Gita (dating back to 6th-3rd Century BCE“Each student may take in one or the other of them as his main path, according to his subjective mental temperament.However, each intelligent student shall discover for himself that whatever be his main path, the other[s] cannot be totally eliminated from his program of self-evolution” - Swami Chinmayananda Most importantly, the Bhagavad Gita makes clears that regardless of which path one embarks upon, yoga is an individual journey that requires lifelong dedication, consistent practice, and devotion to God.
In the ordinary way, you will find that as soon as you sit for a few minutes all sorts of disturbances come into the body; but when you have got beyond the idea of a concrete body, you will lose all sense of the body...When you have succeeded in conquering the body and keeping it firm, your practice will remain firm, but while you are disturbed by the body, your nerves become disturbed, and you cannot concentrate the mind.” - Swami Vivekananda Today, yoga is largely misunderstood to be and is practiced primarily as asana, or physical posture.Asana practice alone is shown to have a myriad of health benefits from lowering blood pressure, relief of back pain and arthritis, and boosting of the immune system.is the acceptance of the Vedas as the supreme revealed scriptures.Thus, Hindu philosophy is often described as Vedic or the Vedic tradition.
Hindus commonly referred to Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, or the Eternal Truth. In Hindu thought, the Divine or Supreme Being resides within all that exists, and all humans, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender, have the ability to achieve moksha.
No one person is born saved or condemned, but rather earns the fruit of his actions, words, and thoughts, or At its broadest, yoga, from the root word “yuj” in Sanskrit, means to unite.
The Katha Upanishad, dating back to 800 - 600 BCE2.12.
When the five fold qualities of yoga consisting of the earth, water, fire, air and ether are firmly established in the body, then in that body strengthened by the fire of yoga, there is no place for sickness, old age and death.2.13 Lightness of being, health, steadiness, improvement in the complexion of the body, perfection in the voice, sweetness of the body odor, slight excretions are said to be the first results of the progress of yoga.2.14 Just as a mirror shines brightly after it has been cleaned, so does the yogi who has realized the true nature of his soul becomes integrated as one in his body, attains sense of fulfillment and remains free from sorrow.2.15 Through the real nature of his own soul, as if by a lamp held on the nature of Brahman, when he sees, his own real nature as one who is unborn and completely pure, He is freed from all the fetters at once.
While Patanjali codified the many existing teachings on yoga at his time, some of which are seen in Buddhism and Jainism, it cannot be ignored that yoga and references to its practice existed within Hindu scripture long before the Yoga Sutras. Until you can get a firm seat you cannot practise the breathing and other exercises.
Firmness of seat means that you do not feel the body at all.