Often, in yoga class, I hear the teacher say, "When you want to stop, that's when the pose really starts." The moment that my legs are burning and shaking and I think I cannot stay a moment longer is always the moment the teacher chooses to say this phrase. Last week a teacher said it and it made me take a moment to observe what was going on in my mind. My thoughts were a combination of desperately trying to find a way to make the pose easier mixed with blaming the teacher for keeping us there so long. As soon as I observed this I had to laugh at myself. I was the one who chose to go to yoga that day because I wanted to practice and there I was in class trying to get out of doing the work all the while blaming the teacher for doing exactly what she was meant to do. So I took a breath and just stayed in the pose and stopped blaming or trying to change the moment. I just stayed with it.
It goes further than that though. That little moment of observation extends deeper into life. It is a way of dealing with conflict. When things get hard in any area of life is it possible to stay with it and live in the difficulty without running away, cheating, or blaming someone else? You may have different thoughts that pop up when you have to stay in a pose for long periods of time but, whatever those thoughts are, I bet they will tell you something about how you live your life as well. Remember staying in the pose helps us grow stronger! Every struggle we encounter helps us to grow and learn.