September is National Yoga Month, so what better time to discuss the true purpose of yoga? Isn’t the asana, the poses, the practice of yoga you might ask? Yes. But not the purpose. The asana are a place to practice yoga. The true purpose of yoga is to still the mind.
The restraint of the modifications of mind-stuff is Yoga. Yoga Sutras 1:2
It is stated that if a student masters this one sutra, then all the others are unnecessary. As all the remaining sutras work to explain