Isn't This a Different View
Than Yoga in the West?
Yoga in the West has come to
emphasize asana or yogic postures, which is just a small and
preliminary part of the yogic system as the Western world is very
physically oriented. As such it is Hatha Yoga or the Yoga of
physical culture that has become most popular. But even traditional
Hatha Yoga includes pranayama and meditation, as well as various
internal purification practices.
It is a part of Sadhana or
spiritual practice and is meant to lead one to Raja Yoga or the
deeper meditational practices. However the deeper aspects of Yoga
are recognized by many people, even in the West, particularly those
who want to go deeper into the tradition.