When beginning a yoga practice, it’s natural to aim for results: perfect posture, peace of mind, daily discipline—because this is what we are often promised. But after practicing yoga for a while, you start to realize that goals are elusive. When you finally achieve these goals, you see that awareness of the process itself, rather than the result, is the most important thing.
You may achieve a posture and lose it due to injury. Or maybe a loved one dies and your peace of mind get shattered. Here's the thing: Goals are impermanent and elusive. What you thought would be a prize is not a prize at all but just a new vantage point. Here's what every advanced yoga practitioner knows: The path is the goal.
As your practice evolves, you will notice that goals that were brought to your attention through yoga might be replaced by new motivations as you deepen your awareness As Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche once said, the path is the goal. So, if there is no external goal, what should yogis be focusing on?