OK, so now that you have the Eagles song stuck in your head, let me tell you why I was singing it all day. It came into my head when I was doing yoga this morning with Janelle Pochintesta at Orlando Power Yoga. I realized that pushing it to the limit is an important part for me in yoga. There is a point in our practice where most postures make us feel uncomfortable. It is at this point that we start to learn about ourselves.
Certain postures unleash certain emotions which also trigger certain reactions. Do we back off from the discomfort because we only want to feel comfortable? Do we lay perfectly still and just wait until the discomfort is over? Do we push even futher forcing on even more discomfort?
For example when I am in pigeon pose I cannot stand still. I know from my past that I hold a lot of emotions in my hips. I am pretty fidgety in most of thee type of postures. I am not one that can stand still throughout my practice. I've seen other's lieing perfectly still in pigeon, but this is not who I am. I constantly seem to be moving something throughout this pose.
Am I fidgety because I am uncomfortable, or am I uncomfortable because I have pushed myself past my limit? I feel like pushing myself to the point of an uncomfortable feeling will help me in several ways. Eventually this uncomfortable feeling will not be uncomfortable. I will learn to deal with emotions that come up as I push myself. Off the mat I will learn how to live my life while uncomfortable events are presented to me. I will be able to live my life and stay in a centered state while life presents itself to me. Life really is that simple.
Take it to the limit, and see what you find out about yourself. Let me know how long you have the song stuck in your head.