An All Faiths Approach

Usually I hear Isvara pranidhana, dedication to God, presented as one of the paths, an option that one might choose according to his or her temperament. My reading of the Yoga Sutras and my personal experience indicate that Isvara pranidhana, along with the other yamas and niyamas, is more a prerequisite than an option.

Transformation

Happiness is the altar of God within you. That lasting inner joy is the only important thing to strive for in life.
By perseverance it can be gained. —Paramahansa Yogananda