"Yoga is the complete settling of all the impulses of the mind.” —The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

YOGA doesn’t mean exercise, or physical postures (that’s asana). Sanskrit scholars translate the word yoga to mean “union,” or “unity”: your mind settled inward, beyond all mental activity, to the unified state of restful alertness or pure consciousness, your deepest inner Self. (Its the union of jiva [individual mind] with Atma [cosmic, universal mind]). 
This experience, also called samadhi, is known in the timeless Vedic literature as the true state of yoga. Its a state of perfect calm, clarity, and expanded (or “unbounded”) awareness. 

Samadhi is gained not when the mind is focused outward on the body or on the breath, but when you transcend all thought, emotional fluctuations, and sensory input to access the transcendental field of silent inner wakefulness. Hundreds of scientific research studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique show this state of restful alertness to be the most positive, rejuvenating, and transformative experience a human being can undergo. Neuroscience researchers have discovered that during this experience of pure consciousness, while the physiology gains profound relaxation, the human brain displays maximum EEG coherence—“holistic brain integration”—whereby all the parts of the brain are harmoniously functioning together, as a unified whole.

Maharishi: "Yoga means ‘unity’—it means living unified wholeness in the field of diversity. My advice is to continue practicing Yoga on the physical level—but also to start and continue to practice Yoga on all other levels—mental, intellectual, and on the level of self-referral, Transcendental Consciousness. On all levels, Yoga will help you to progress in every way, in every field of life. 
"Yoga is a good word, but it should be properly understood and practiced beyond the physical level. The result will be a rapid, holistic evolution of life.”
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