Yoga is the science of spiritual psychology. It deals with states of consciousness. Yoga is a metaphysical science relating to the elements of the physical world. It corresponds to states of the mind and body.
In yoga psychology, emotions are considered to be forms of energy that are angular. The more our energy-field becomes angular, the greater volatility in the personality.
The task of yoga, which is a Sanskrit word meaning to yoke, is to yoke our angular emotions into our center channel of energy which is linear. Linear energy flows with feeling, not with emotionality.
The energetic physiology of manifest form (such as humans) is as follows:
The Self – we are 3 bodies surrounded by 5 vibrational sheaths. These sheaths can be thought of as our individual aura fields and are temporal. They are transitory manifestations within the greater spirit body of Atma (ultimate spirit self). The 3 bodies are gross, subtle and super-subtle (present life self of karmic resonance, total karmic seeds, pure and true self beyond the patterns of karma).
Running through these vibrational energy-fields are pathways of our fundamental energy as individuals. The ancient texts refer to 72,000 of these nadis with 3 being primary. These paths are the choices we make.
Ida (the moon), Pingala (the sun), Sushumna (yoga or divine fire) channels. The moon channel runs along the left side of the individual and carries the current of emotion. The sun runs along the right and carries the current of reason. The center channel is the sushumanic pathway of non-emotional pure-consciousness.
When we can center ourselves using the 8-fold path of ashtanga yoga (such as through techniques of meditation (dhyana) and posture (asana) which are two of these important keys); I invite you to practice yoga with me or any teacher. Yoga can help us to activate the spiritual centers in the super-subtle body (causal body) through the chakras (Sanskrit word meaning wheel). Through these wheel like gears our energy runs linear or it busts out becoming angular.
Cultivating awareness of our yogic-energy bodies helps us to easily navigate the nature of our life and how we are responding in body and mind. Then, more importantly, how we are raising our consciousness or remaining stagnant.
No circle, is more circular, than any other circle. In other words, just choose a practice, whatever suits your nature. It matters not what path you choose, any road will take you there.