At the center of Yoga lie both the desire for transformation and the recognition that we need not change anything, that our true nature need only be uncovered. The uncovering of this essence is approached differently by different teachers, but all agree that physical and mental suffering must be addressed in the journey toward self-realization. To focus on the suffering, however, and not the freedom beyond it, would be an error. Yet it also would be incorrect to overlook pain, for it is the first barrier we approach in the process of self-awareness.

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