What It Means
So how does this all tie into my phrase in class of “finding comfort in your discomfort”? Yoga is all about quieting the mind and tapping into that pure consciousness that tends to hide behind the mind and ego. “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down,” (Jigar Gor). So when I say find your comfort in your discomfort, I mean for you to go inwards, into the breath, into the body and make peace with the sensations. To recognize the sensations in your body, without judgement, just as they are. To also listen to your body and what it’s telling you. Challenging yourself but also remembering that when you engage in a posture, you are true to yourself and not pushing beyond your capabilities.
This teaches us about patience and listening to our body. In certain poses we may also have some emotions come up, perhaps thoughts about past experiences. Breathing through these feelings and sensations with non-judgement. Recognizing what comes up, physically, mentally or emotionally and allowing it to just be as it is without putting a label on it. At the end of the day, discomfort is only a sensation we have given meaning to.