The materially absorbed mind of the conditioned soul does not allow him to transcend the limit of the bodily conception of self, thus the yoga system for meditation is prescribed in order to mold the character of the gross materialist, that means controlling sitting posture, breathing process, fixing the mind upon the Supreme.
That the normal people absorb in their material affairs, they are absorbed in the bodily concept of life, and so for them if you say that, “Alright you’re absorbed in the bodily concept, so now meditate on your body, do these asanas. You see that the grossest materialist become attracted to do hatha-yoga, it’s good for health, increases so many physical potentials. So they can get right into it, and then by going step by step, even for very grossly attached materialist, after they know how to sit properly, do different asanas, then they start doing pranayama, breathing exercise and meditate, then in this way step by step, gradually they are brought into a type of spiritual realization. Even though the initial step is to do exercise.
H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,