Yoga offers many practices to energise the body, and calm and elevate the mind.
The practices of Hatha Yoga that are most popular in the west primarily focus on the physical and vital sheaths of our being, by working with the body and the breath to influence the flow of life force or prana, which is directly linked to the mind. Among the many health and emotional benefits, regular practice also quickly creates more space between the observer and the mind's habitual identifications, allowing for more joy and contentment in our daily existence.
Like other spiritual practices, by raising the vibration of our being, yoga connects us to our core essence, to pure Love. This gradually harmonises our psyche and aligns our personality with our individual dharma or Soul Plan, allowing for a life of more peace, wisdom and fulfillment.
Ultimately, the different paths of yoga aim to lead us to recognise and reunite with our core identity, which is synonymous with Atman - the underlying unity of Pure Consciousness that pervades all.