As Meditation(Yoga) means union those who wish to attain this united state of being are recommended to explore the Self ('That') through meditation. Assuming we have become sufficiently competent in the elementary practices of pratyahara from proficient asana practice, we can now practice binding our senses to the finer aspects of our breath and subtle bodies. There are as many forms and styles of meditation as there are postures and positions of Asana, or breathing exercises of Pranayama.

Patanjali's Yoga is called 'Ashtanga Yoga' for it is divided into eight parts or limbs. When we keep the breath in mind in combination with repeating the meditation word Bud - dho, Bud-dho", we establish peace in our minds, up to the point where we don't have to use the word Buddho" any more.

Only then will Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (oneness with the Supreme Being) naturally follow. This kind of loss of consciousness of body is often experienced by the great yogis, saints, sages, thinkers, philosophers, artists or scientists.

Yoga combines the practices to give you an overall sense of physical and mental health. Pranayama (breath control): Pranayama, which literally means stretching or expansion of prana, the vital life force, involves breath control and helps train and prepare the mind for dharana (concentration).

The mind in Samadhi possesses power that a normal mind does not, making it the main tool the Yogi uses to achieve the end goal of yoga—the joining of the individual self with the Universal Absolute. The task of a Yogi is to bear this highest knowledge in mind and proceed further in the practice of Yoga.