Different yogic techniques and practices such as meditation, quiet asana, guided imagery, slow breathing, etc. are essentially aimed at helping us form a real communion with our own inner self, and thus helping the practitioner resolve physical, mental, and emotional problems that he or she may face during the course of his/her daily life. One way how yoga performs this is by inculcating a practice of proper physical postures and alignment.
Based on the advice from the 14th century author of “Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” we aren’t the only civilization to think too much. In his teachings, he says: “Abandon all thoughts, then don’t think of anything.”