Do you ever notice the reaction you have when you get stressed in life?
Maybe you scream, maybe you run away, or maybe you just completely freak out.
This is because your nervous system kicks in and when we don't know how to deal with stressful situations we fall into old habit patterns and instead of dealing with the stress in a healthy way we run, scream, or completely freak out because we don't know how else to deal with it.
The yoga practice intentionally stresses the nervous system out so that instead of screaming, running, or freaking out, we can learn how to sit and stay within the pose and breath.
This is important because it helps us to deal with real life stressful situations. Instead of going back to old habit patterns, we learn that we can stay with it feel it and breath through it.
Also, when our nervous system is stressed in our yoga practice, that is limit at which we know who we truly are and what we can truly do, and when we challenge that, when we want to run away but instead we stay, that is when our yoga truly begins.