अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥
atha: now; yoga, yoga; anuśāsanam, teachings
Now, the teachings of yoga [begin]
Yoga is translated as “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, and is a popular translation that can be found. It is important to point out that the sixteenth-century Indian doxographer Mādhava stated that the goal of yoga is not to join but to separate. To disconnect purusa(Self) from prakriti (nature). So what does this mean? It means that the essential goal of yoga is “yoke”/”unite” oneself with their higher self and detach from the nature (prakriti) of the world and consciousness.
Knowing where your mind is now is important to know where you are going- Swami Jnaneshvara
By accepting where you are now when you begin, you can allow yourself to begin removing the obstacles of false identities that remain in your way to achieving a higher Self. Awakening to your true self is Yoga.