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Sacrificing strength by exhaustion

It is easy to become lazy in each Asana and simply rest, but the Yogi must bear into them with all their strength and heart.  It is by the sacrifice of strength, by exhaustion, that we learn to trust our second wind, to trust our recovery of strength, that we gain honor and become capable of heroism. An occupying army can never rest, but must remain vigilant and constantly exert themselves: so too must the Yogi become occupied by their breath.   A field must be continually weeded to remain cultivated, a wheel continually trued to remain round, an animal continually trained and practiced to remain domesticated: a Yogi must continually remain aware and alert in their self-cultivation, their truth, and tameness if they will bear the yoke to perform their duty.