The word “yoga” simply means “to unite”. Yoga is the union of Jeevatma and Paramatma. The goal of yoga is self-actualization. Yoga is about seeking the true Self and completely freeing yourself from worldly desires and attachments.
Yoga, as described in our scriptures, is a spiritual journey that seeks the goal of freeing oneself from the endless cycle of death and rebirth. The most important thing is that yoga is the goal and the tool to achieve this goal. In addition to all the health benefits of yoga, it's good to remember that the real purpose or objective of yoga isn't just to use it on the yoga mat. Our goal is to create an environment that supports the community and that will begin on the first day of your training: your teacher training sangha.
Bend and Zen's Hot Yoga teacher training is dedicated to preparing students to become competent and aware yoga teachers. Some yoga teachers have described the ultimate goal of yoga as achieving a “higher state of being”.