But what about the heavens ?
While showing off newest apparel and gadgets certainly helps people to practice and get at least the physical benefits, the original goal of Yoga is to find deep fulfillment inside without relying on external objects, with the ultimate goal of getting liberation from the cycle of births and deaths called Samsara. Yoga practices offer methods to find deep inner satisfaction so that we do not rely on external pleasures to fill our void. So much so, in the Yoga Shastras, it is said that even the pleasure of attaining heavens is temporary because like the snakes and ladders game, when the luck (merit or Punya) runs out then there is a steep fall. No one captures this aspect as beautifully and in as funny a fashion as Swami Paramarthananda does, while illustrating one of the most beautiful shlokas in the Bhagavad Gita on the downfall that happens if heaven is our only goal. For more information on the Bhagavad Gita as a Yoga Shastra, please see here.