As I see it, alignment is the most important part of yoga, as well as any other type of body movement. This is not because yoga or Pilates looks prettiest when the practitioner is in perfect alignment (although they do), this is not because your muscles form in proper proportion when you practice good alignment (although they do), and this is not because this is how the ancient yogis, yoginis, and Joseph Pilates intended us to practice (although it is). The importance, as I see it, is that when you practice in proper alignment, you are preparing your body for an overall healing that you may not even see as being possible.
[...]I urge you to see if the world around you is not in alignment with your wishes. If you find that it is not, look first to the alignment within you. Begin there and prepare to be wowed as what changes within you also changes what is around you. The world needs more masters, even those with crooked spines.
This is an article I wrote for Stephanie Kafonek Pilates & Therapeutic Yoga. It is my personal story about the world around us being a reflection of the world within us. As our health improves, so too does the health of the planet.