The difference in this woman's yoga experience and her expectation I put down to the same difference one sees here with Buddhism. In the west it is almost strictly a contemplative practice, whereas here Buddhism is much more pedestrian, more about following the rules than transcending them, more about believing precepts than about faith in experience. In the west Buddhists meditate; here they say prayers, do prostrations, spin prayer wheels, make offerings, and are generally more concerned with making merit and not accruing bad karma than with transcendental experience. I suppose this is true across all cultures and all religions. Few contemplate or seek the mystical; most are comfortable with the familiar myths and traditional practice.
A class of Tibetan ladies