Understood and acknowledged. I certainly have a very full plate now just learning the Dhamma. The last thing I need now is to try and distill Right View from Hindu.
One thing I need to add, though, is that I am now convinced an experience I had back then was a brief foray into the first jhana. I was only 17 at the time, no big worries or concerns and all my needs were being met by my employer. I was experimenting with new and different things as teenagers will do, and that's why I was reading the yoga books. After a couple of weeks of diligent very late-night/early morning mediation (I was working second shift at the time) I had an experience that I now realize exactly matches the description of the first jhana. Shocked me so much that I think
I just jumped right back out, but I don't know how long it lasted. Could have been a moment or minutes. I spent the next week or so trying to get back to it which, of course, didn't work. I gave up on mediation shortly thereafter. But, almost forty years later, I still vividly remember that night.
Do you feel the asanas are beneficial from a purely physical viewpoint or do you feel there may be more to it than that? Depending on how recently I've jogged or done my weights workout, I'll have tightness or a kind of "bunched up" feeling. If there were a quick and easy way to loosen that up, I'd sure like to know. I've tried regular stretching on and off, but it has never been anything I've felt any benefit from.