In the words of our forefathers, yoga is about creating union of the body, mind and spirit. Put simply, as in the yoga Bija, 'Yoga is the unification of a web of dualities'.
So often in the west the practice of yoga is mis-commonly reduced to what it has to offer in a physical sense.... almost an over indulgence of the ego.
During my practice recently i was reminded of the importance of this, the importance of allowing myself, my unit of body, mind, and spirit the time it needs to open: and create new space for me to release and breath into.
For example, It feels like it has been a long time in the coming where i have patiently been cultivating an openess throughout my lower body to even attempt the splits (Hanumanasana in sanskrit).
Finding the fine line between effort and allowing is not always easy. It is hard not to fall into the ego trap of pushing harder and deeper in that moment. But by working towards finding this balance: by opening the body without creating more tension, feeling a release throughout your being, is much more rewarding than forcing openess and potentially creating strain and injury.
Be kind. Be patient with yourself.
Explore the interconnection between your mind and body: what does the union of body, mind and spirit really mean?