What is the spiritual relevance of teaching yoga, which is mostly a physical exercise?

When one does the physical practices with correct technique and slow breathing, the change that takes place in one’s state of mind is conducive for meditation. Although the physical aspects of yoga are not in themselves enough to achieve the non-material goal of self or God-realization, yoga asanas and pranayama are supportive to spiritual practice. Recognizing the good health and peace of mind that an appropriate practice of yoga provides, we also acquaint the course participants with directly spiritual practices, particularly mantra meditation.

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