Yoga has transformed many beyond just being more bendy on the mat. The skills you use in mastering a balancing pose improve your focus and concentration which helps you to be more effective in the workplace and at home. These meditative poses help you to practice detachment so you don't let fear of losing things (material objects, status, relationships) and the need to hold on to things (or people) have as much power over you. You can then make decisions from a place of being powerfully responsibly for your own life instead of just being reactionary. Yoga poses involve movements which bring stability to the body, the senses, and help further develop our intellect and consciousness.
Yoga helps you to embrace uncertainty. Yoga is more than a set of physical poses that help you bend and flex for a Cirque Du Soleil audition. Yoga is a set of lifestyle practices that leads one to a deep self-realization and self-mastery.
Yoga has helped many to have a more objective point of view on situations and people. Instead of judging people, you come to realize that most people are doing their best for their level of consciousness and you develop greater compassion for others. Yoga has assisted in stemming the feelings of pain, fatigue, doubt, confusion, self-delusion and despair that we all feel. Yoga helps to make your mind steady and clear so decisions are made from a place of clarity and strength.
Yoga is a tool which allows us to experience our selves more fully and more richly. We are at a critical juncture in the evolution of our minds. The earth-wide environmental movement and internet are examples of the world coming together to form a global community.
Anything you can experience through the truth of your own body is a valid personal truth. Yoga and other practices such as Qigong, and Tai Chi help link our breath with our bodily systems and our consciousness. Our respiratory system (breath) is the only system in the body we can consciously control. Breath is the link between our soul and our physical body. With a regular yoga practice, the nervous system becomes stronger and the mind develops the ability to concentrate.