We each have many reasons why we practice yoga. But the deepest, most powerful benefit of yoga is explained beautifully by Judith Hanson Lasater in this quote:
When carving stone, the sculptor removes everything that is not the statue… The art of revealing beauty lies in removing what conceals it. So, too, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras tell us that wholeness exists within us. Our work is to chisel away at everything that is not essence, not Self.
Keep this in mind as you do your yoga practice this week and notice what is being chiseled away and what is being revealed.