Yoga is not an exercise form as is commonly misunderstood today. “Yoga” literally means union. But in your experience right now, there is you and there is the universe. When life gets a little acidic for whatever reason, it is you versus the universe. That is a bad competition to get into. Every problem that human beings have – their fear, their insecurities – comes because they live like it’s “me versus the universe.” Yoga means you consciously obliterate the boundaries of your individuality, not in thought and emotion but actually in your experience. You made the individual and the universal one.
So, yoga is not a morning-evening kind of practice. There is a practice but that is not the only aspect. Every aspect of your life, the very way you walk, breathe, interact – everything can become a process towards this union. Nothing is excluded from this. It is not an act, it is a quality. If you cultivate your body, mind, emotions and energies to a certain level of maturity, a certain quality arises within you. That is yoga.
If you take care of your garden well, there are flowers. In the same way, if you take care of what you call “myself” well, flowers will bloom. That means, being peaceful, happy or joyful is not determined by anything outside of you, it is determined by you.