The yogi knows to get passed the fear and resistance as quickly as possible.

One of the things I talked about a lot on our retreat to Bali was the difference between practicing yoga and just doing yoga exercise. 

A new student in class yesterday, in Woodland Hills, said to me after class that she finally understood yoga for the first time. She used to think it was boring but after being encouraged to practice yoga and focus on quieting the mind, she said to me, “It’s really not boring at all is it? It’s just not about getting all sweaty and raising your heart rate. There’s a lot more going on here. I wish I could record your voice.” You know you need to get to the intensity. You know you need to get to the discomfort. How quickly can you get past the fear and resistance and go into the fire? The mind and the ego tell you to run away, avoid it, distract yourself, whatever you do, don’t go into the fire! It’s uncomfortable. It’s going to be hard. It’s not going to feel good. 

The yogi knows to get passed the fear and resistance as quickly as possible. Go into the fire! Let it get uncomfortable! Stay there and observe your experience. Look at your mind and your thoughts. Stay present to your experience. Breathe into it. Let your pain come to the surface. And then let it go. Surrender. Let it go! This is your yoga practice! 
There’s lots of things that are going to make you sweat and raise your heart rate. This is different. This yoga practice is going to change your life.