In its original form asana was an inner practice of devotion, reflection, and communion with our Devine nature. In modern culture asana is usually taught as a practice of fitness, a shaping and refining of the physical body. If we come to our mats consistently, even from the perspective of physical practice, the specific shaping of the body can draw one to a profound inner experience. Depending on timing, this experience can take one deeper into the practice where one engages with asana as was originally intended; a discipline of bringing the mind into the body as a way of self-purification.
As mentioned here, the 5 elements as described in Chinese 5 Element Theory are specific frequencies that exist in duality. These interconnected frequencies give shape to our personality and physical experience. When asana becomes a mindful practice the light of the mind penetrates through the cells of the body and the body’s natural intelligence is perceived by the mind. This union of body and mind is felt like a flooding of light that fills the physical body. When this happens the energy fields of the body start holding more light, visibly shifting the physical body and enlightening the mind. This practice of self purification deepens Self Knowledge and creates an inner plane that is ripe for perceiving the more subtle vibrations of our Soul and Original Consciousness. Then asana becomes the practice, the purpose and the wisdom of the seeker.