Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply. –Thich Nhat Hanh
A mystical experience is when the mind completely merges with the present moment, it is a glimpse of enlightenment. What does it mean to be present? It means to see things just as they are and as they arise. A lot of the time the mind gets in the way, it asks the question “why is this happening?” and begins to create theories, labels, categories, analysis, ect. For most, this is a completely natural reaction, but holding on to judgments of the moment at hand will constantly keep you in a past state.
Through work one can become more present, in this case the work is the yoga practice, asana and breath. Through asana you engage the body, lengthen the breath, and begin to observe the mind. As your body moves through asana, notice the sensations and feelings that arise, notice how you breathe, notice your thought patterns. Observe your body, mind, and breath without judgments or labels of good/bad/easy/hard. Let go of judgments so that you can see the moment just as it is and as it arises. Through yoga you learn to stay attentive and focused, that is the work on your path of inquiry into the present moment.
See things as they are and simply be with whatever is appearing in the immediate experience. When you let yourself be present, you let go of irrational thought and dwelling on the past. When you are present the ordinary becomes profound, and you see yourself, others, the world as it is. You see true reality. You have a mystical experience.