Finding sthira sukham (comfort and steadiness) is the objective of any asana.
But, if in your fear, you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
When would you want to prove yourself to have attained that balanced state? During adversities. When everything goes smoothly, then you are easily balanced. “Ahh, wonderful. l am so peaceful.” Fine, but what if somebody comes and says, “Hey, you rogue! What are you doing here?” Your mind should still say, “Ahh, how peaceful l am.”
Hatha Yoga in and of itself is not so powerful, but coupled with the underlying intention to realize the Self it becomes a potent spiritual force.
The physical pain didn’t change. My experience of it did.
Once you become aware, there are many, many, many miracles.
When we are truly in “the groove” in our Hatha Yoga practice, we can, simultaneously, experience stretching with intensity, as well as relaxation.
“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream…”
Patanjali teaches that we are to master asana so that the body becomes steady and comfortable. Then, no longer a distraction, it even becomes a true friend for meditation.
“No medicine is necessary for the person who eats after assuring him or herself that what has already been eaten is digested.”