In my last post, I wrote that yoga practice is for connection with the Self. The change I'd make to that sentence is that yoga practice (or meditation, for that matter) is for recognizing the connection with Self. That is, my feeling is that the connection is always there; we just tend to not recognize or be aware of the connection on a moment-t0-moment basis. Too much thinking (analyzing, ruminating, judging, etc.) gets in the way. Stillness and emptiness, a mind unoccupied, cultivated through practice, awakens the connection to Self.
As I often say: turn off your brain, turn on your breath.