The importance of awareness is in the ability to control the mind. The senses, perception, sight and thoughts become more clear. Yoga helps to become more aware of the body, mind, breath and emotions by watching the processes in the body and mind as a witness. Meditation is an important yoga practice and one of the most powerful tools to help one find the inner Self, to calm and silence the mind, and to attain self-awareness.
The practice of self-awareness is promoted by psychotherapists, coaches, healers and other experts in the field of human potential development. Self-awareness is considered a base for both physical and psychological well-being and yoga is a path toward achieving this. The awareness that is attained during a yoga class desirably stays accessible even for the time off the mat.
Reaching awareness is necessary in order to reach the asan point during asana practice, the point in which the yogi practitioner shifts from focusing on the physical aspects of holding a pose into the mental clarity and stillness that the asana brings.