The Hatha Yoga Pradipika explains: Hatha Yoga for the attainment of Raja Yoga.
Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga that uses the will to direct the body and the breath. This union of consciousness and the resulting healthy physicality primes a person for awakening.
Awakening comes when Hatha yoga takes us to the pinnacle of practice: Raja Yoga.
Raja yoga utilizes the 8 limbed path of classical (often referred to as Pataniaji’s system) to control the mind and the emotions.
It is said that with the attainment of Raja Yoga one can acknowledge, accept, and redirect the mental activities without self judgement or suffering.
So in simple terms Verse 2 in the Pradipika reminds us that we are doing something important in our level 2 vinyasa class!
That the posture and the other willful activities of our asana practice are important. They are in fact, the staircase that leads to liberation.
Get there, I'm waiting.