Discomfort is inevitable—and a valuable opportunity. It invites us into the moment. I elaborate in this Active Yogi post:
While my last post offered strategies to avoid discomfort in seated poses, both yoga asana practice—including prolonged holds of sitting poses for meditation—and sports training will require your comfort with discomfort. Without such discomfort, we’d never progress in our physical and mental training. There will naturally be discomfort as we explore our edges. But when we bear too much discomfort and push beyond safe boundaries, we can damage ourselves. Thus, it’s critical to learn how to cope with discomfort and how to discern between intensity and pain.