Yoga is a natural science. That is something to comprehend. Yoga is a physical science, not some obscure, imaginative thing that people just do. While yoga is relatively new to the West, it is not a newly developed discipline. It has been intensively studied and practiced in numerous countries over several centuries. Yoga is an applied science, a methodical assemblage of laws which are used to bring about a determinate ending. It utilizes the laws of psychology relevant to the evolvement of man’s consciousness on every plane, in every world applying them rationally to meet specific needs.
This regular employment of the laws of revealing consciousness acts precisely on the same systems that you see practiced around you every day in other areas of science. Yoga uses many of the techniques that are applied in more advanced and recently evolved mental or even remedial physical training methods.
As one grows older, he discovers by gazing at the world around you, how tremendously the intellect of man, co-operating with nature, may hasten “natural” processes, and the working of aptitude is as “natural” as everything else. The yoga way, not only couples this perception of “Cosmos” but also operates beneath the surface to restore the union of man with the universe. We make this judgment, and essentially it is a genuine one, between “natural” and “rational” growth. Because human knowledge can guide the operation of physical laws; and when we deal with Yoga, we are in the very department of applied science as let us say; the experimental farmer or gardener, when he implements the fundamental laws of selection for breeding.
The farmer or gardener cannot exceed the laws of nature, nor can he act against them. There are no other laws he can work with, save the general rules by which nature evolves forms around us. And yet he can do in a few years what would naturally take hundreds of years to happen. This can occur by using human intelligence to choose what laws would serve him better and what laws he should discard in achieving his goals. The farmer guides the superior intelligence in man to appropriate the absolute powers of nature that commonly act rather than for particular purposes.
Yoga is the thing that can make real changes in people’s lives, we have observed this many times, from the physical practice of yoga to the profound implications, through the understanding of yoga as a science, all that is yoga consolidates into a significant, total discipline that is helpful for humanity. For some, yoga is an adequate means of physical growth, for others, it seems like it opposes the very divine nature of yoga, the different faces of yoga, as its various uses sometimes create the illusion of one single use.