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The asana is an inquiry: Who am I? Throwing out all the parts until only the self is left. The final pose is, I am.
When the mind is controlled what remains? The soul. This is the very purpose of yoga.
In asana, too, maintain a detached attitude to the body and at the same time do not neglect to stretch fully. Rushing to things saps the strength. The mind should be calm and everything should be done in rhythm.
If the body is stiff that is understandable. But if the mind is also stiff, then you can’t get anywhere. The mind has to become flexible.
Go to that place where you are nothing.
Asanas are done by the body but are not totally for the body. Asanas are part of yoga and yoga is primarily for the consciousness. Yoga is for the mind. It should be done by the body for the mind.
Don’t think that unless you have reached the ultimate final pose then only the fruit comes. No. At every level, asana has something to offer.
Honest and truthful in our practice, honest and truthful in our learning, honest and truthful in our teaching. If we are courageous enough to look at ourselves, to know whether we are doing the right thing for the right purpose, then there is no problem.