It seems ironic that the training appears to be practices aimed at mastering basic activities, such as sitting, standing, talking, eating, even hygienic self-care. Yet when these are attempted, it is understood that such basic activities actually require considerable strength of body, mind and heart. Such strength is not itself a goal. It permits the understanding, the enlightenment, necessary if we are to bring an end to our suffering.
It is not necessary to understand the mechanics of an automobile to have a smooth ride (Dukkha, suffering, is a word that connotes a "bad axle hole," a rough ride). If we are having a rough ride, we should grow stronger in mind, body and heart to fix it. We study and practice Yoga to have a smoother ride through Samsara, those cycles of Karma, the becoming and unbecoming, the cause and effect. By understanding the results of our actions, and having the self-control and strength to control our actions, we may achieve better results.
Are you having a rough ride at work? Perhaps it is the way you sit - can you sit so your back doesn't become hurt, and you grow less irritable? How can you use what you have learned about sitting to sit better in your car, and do your duty to obey the traffic laws, to be patient and kind to your fellow travelers? If you will sit in victory against your own suffering, you must have the strength of body, mind and heart to properly sit - here at the table as you eat your food, even upon the toilet as you eliminate the waste from this meal. For someone who devotes themselves to Yoga, there is no task which is not Yoga. The job or house chore which causes you suffering is no different than the yoke of these difficult Asanas you practice here. Here, you learn when you must be more flexible - and when you should not, for bending in certain ways will cause injury. Every moment of your life is an opportunity to learn when to be flexible, and when to be inflexible. Having begun the path of Hatha Yoga, follow it to its end!
The Asanas you learn here are the language of a profound duty. In every Ashrama, or stage, of Yoga, there are different Asanas to study. But the principles remain the same. Do not neglect to learn these principles, for they permit that greater understanding so necessary to the ending of your suffering. Study - and practice - all Yogas. A Jnana Yogi must have a strong body and heart, as well as a strong mind; a Hatha Yogi must have a strong mind and heart, as well as a strong body. A Bhakti Yogi must have a strong body and mind, as well as a strong heart. Strengthen body, mind and heart. The path you have chosen is difficult, but possible, and worthwhile.