It feels good when we to continue to develop skill and to challenge ourselves.
Working on challenging postures in our practice helps us move past fears, teaches us that we are stronger than we think, and shows us that concentration and focus are the real work of yoga.
Yoga is about connecting the mind, breath, and body. It’s about turning the focus inward and slowing down the incessant spinning of the mind. It’s about learning to stay calm and collected when faced with challenges. It’s about learning to respond well when things don’t go the way you want them to. And we can expect to fail, to fall, to struggle, to find our limits.
Yes, the asana practice is what makes our bodies strong and flexible, but the real work is on the inside. It’s letting go of what our ego tells us makes us “good” at yoga. It’s not about the outside. It’s about the inside. The asana practice helps us discover our limits so that we can work to move beyond them. And it reveals what we need to work on as far as our mental habits go. Are we pushers, or do we hold back and play it safe? Are we judging, comparing, and complaining, or are we accepting where we are at that moment? Are we more concerned with how we look to others? Attached to being able to execute a certain posture? What are we so attached to that it holds us back from finding the true freedom we seek?
We use the challenging postures to help us move deeper into our practice by allowing us to develop our inner strength.