A true Yogi(practitioner) is one who has acquired self-knowledge and through continuous practice and detachment has been able to rest in true self, so firmly that he seldom slips down from it. Samadhi is the state where one realises the true self or soul. While the ultimate goal of yoga is liberation, there are many benefits of the practice that naturally occur as the body, mind, and energy within the human being are purified. It is claimed that Samadhi is a state attained only by highly Enlightened people-people who have reached Spiritual Illumination.

This unification is often referred to as Samadhi and is one of the primary transformations that occur within the practice of yoga. A brief meditation at the close will lead you back to your source of pure potential, or Samadhi, which is the true state of yoga.

Once a considerable understanding of these two practices is attained, more advanced techniques including Shatkarmas (body cleansing), Pranayamas (nadhi cleansing), Mudras (energy channeling), Bundhas (energy locks), and other techniques which lead towards Samadhi (self-realization) can be practiced.

A more modest system of yoga, hatha yoga can be practiced by most people and does Shiva not require a well established mind and body to begin the practice. Sadly, most of the limbs of The Yoga Sutras are ignored today. The objective of yoga is to achieve those moments of ecstasy when you lose consciousness of your physical identity.

This illustrates that the principles, truths and practices of yoga are universal and can be discovered by yogis independently of each other. Though with consistent and faithful yoga practice the limbs will eventually unfold themselves, pratyahara is so essential to our yogic development that it is deserving of more attention and practice than it typically is given.

Remember that Asana (posture) practice is the third of the eight limbs of Yoga. Samadhi occurs when the proper conditions have been set allowing the mind to be free from disturbances so that it can know true reality. Samadhi is the state of total concentration of mind on true self.