Here’s a trick question: How many poses are listed in The Yoga Sutras? You might expect the book that is considered to be the bible of yoga to be stuffed with poses, but since yoga is the science of the mind, there are no poses. There is only a description of a yoga position as being steady and comfortable, which helps us to see that any time we are steady and comfortable in our life we are being ‘yoga like.’
Yoga means union. We can think of that as union with our source – whatever we see that source to be, and also as union with our true selves (the divine within us). The progress on the yoga path is inward – it helps us to clear the mental clutter so we can be more aware of the connection that was there all along.