How does yoga differ from religion?
Yoga differs a great deal from religion and in no way conflicts with any religious affiliation. The yoga practices and principles were created in order to evoke conscious awareness from within. Yoga’s key goal is to prepare the body and mind for meditation and to teach the practitioner the true meaning of life.
Slowly, through diligence, dedication & courage, the yogi can sift through what is no longer true for them and connect to their deepest Self – or as the yogis call it, the “Atman”. In turn, yoga then encourages any system of practice that supports individuals toward the aim of deep inner peace and connection to the Divine, or Source, or God or anything that resonates with something beyond the “small self”.
The more one practices yoga, the more one develops compassion, self-acceptance, internal strength and stamina and, in turn, the more at peace one can become in mind, body and spirit.