In yoga, ishvara
pranidhana can be exercised through practicing asanas along with a
mantra and mudra, through meditation, and/or through the yogi's
actions of daily living.
ishvara pranidhana, the yogi surrenders to his/her ishta devata (personal
deity), creating his/her own connection to the universe. It is believed
that surrendering to the Divine leads to enlightenment and,
finally, union or oneness with the ultimate reality, or Brahman. But
to practice ishvara pranidhana, the yogi does not necessarily have to
choose an ishta devata; instead, he/she can focus on an idea or spiritual
wisdom that gives him/her inspiration.