Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, defines the practice of yoga as “the progressive quieting of the fluctuations of the mind.” During asana practice, one sometimes forgets that the goal is to quiet the mind through the physical practice.
To reach the asan point, enter into the alignment of a pose then take several full breaths. Allow the mind to enjoy the stillness of the present moment. The mind will naturally quiet. This will make the overall practice of yoga more mindful and meditative.