“The science of yoga is, quite simply, the science of being in perfect alignment, in absolute harmony, in complete sync with existence.”
Yoga means union. Yoga is about uniting you and me. There is no you and me. There is either me or you.
We are composed of “sheaths.” We can call them layers or bodies. We are aware of three of them: the physical body, the mental body, and the energy body. Each body cannot exist without the others. They are all connected, and together they create you.
The body and the mind are strictly connected. Scientists have proved that what you think affects your body and vice versa. Every function in your mind has a chemical reaction, and every chemical reaction in your body affects your mind.
The two bodies need energy to operate. They are like hardware and software—they cannot run without energy.
There are two more sheaths that are beyond the physical. One is gold Gnana, which means knowledge. And the fifth one is Ananda, which means bliss. They are not reachable by you at this stage, so they will not be described further in this book.
Future chapters will help you to gain alignment with these three physical layers: the body, the mind, and energy.