"I believe that those of us who practice yoga have been sent to yoga by our pain. We embarked on this path because we had a hunch that there must be a better way. We have grown tired of our perfectionism, our unhappy relationships with our bodies, our inability to love completely or be loved completely, our endless resentments and sorrows, our sense that we could become greater than we are but that we are somehow blocked. Many of us have had considerable good fortune. We were blessed with the nice smile, the right education, the right opportunities. We may have loving partners, good work, healthy families. Yet we've found that arranging our externals in just the right way doesn't bring us the happiness we hoped it would. The resting place always seems to be just over the next hill. And we have grown tired. We come to yoga in the grip of avidya (spiritual ignorance). We come to yoga having forgotten where we come from and who we are. On our mats, we find the truth. We are of God and there are no problems. We are the solution."
~Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga (Page 149)