Experience is defined as the knowledge or understanding that is obtained through practical involvement in, or exposure to, an activity or event. This is generally considered to be different to the kind of theoretical knowledge that comes from reading books or gaining factual knowledge.
In yoga, the term is primarily used to describe the act and time during which yoga is actively practiced and engaged with. It can describe the immediate perception of the yoga practice as it arises. Alternatively, it may describe the level of mastery and understanding a yogi has reached through their practice over time. This may be a level of physical aptitude in the yoga asanas, or a level of understanding and knowledge into what yoga is and represents.
Yoga and religious traditions, such as Buddhism, emphasize the importance of direct experience in order to progress on one’s spiritual path.