For me, on a personal level, yoga has increased peace and clarity and has reduced stress, anxiousness, and the feeling of separateness. As a result, this has affected my ability to interact with others and my views in society.
The teachings have offered me to relate to others on a soul level as opposed to personality, creed, outward expressions, and differences. Rather, I see the human experience as simply a perception of the senses; yoga allows me to remember the divine qualities that each of us have and, to some extent, the soul’s innate desire to seek Truth and love.
Yoga is a continuous reinstatement of love, kindness, and compassion for all, that we are equal and God’s children from the depths of our being. Oftentimes I think it is easy to slip back to our tendencies (of separateness), seeing people and cultures different from our own as being foreign, superior, inferior, and so forth. But in practicing the teachings of yoga and meditation, we balance the reason of the mind and willpower of the heart, we realize that we are all in the cosmic dance of life to remember what we truly are, returning to the Source.
Each of us have different practices on the spiritual path, but nonetheless yoga allows practitioners to recognize that the Spirit in us leads us in the direction of freedom, self-realization, and ever lasting love.