1.4 —‘It is the reason that sometimes it is said that we are asleep, and that we need to awaken. That awakening to the Self is the meaning of Yoga.’
When I don’t do yoga, or I skip meditation, or simply spend a few days neglecting my body with crappy food, booze, or what-have-you– I feel blocked. My energy is low, my channels are clogged and I feel like a zombie. This zombie like ‘sleep’ state is what this Yoga Sutra is referring to (as far as I am concerned). When you are in a ‘sleeping’ state you aren’t fully awake and alive to what the world has to offer. Yoga helps you wake up and smell the roses.