I attended a class on national day. It was a yin-yang practice. The teacher set a class theme of going to only 80% of our strength and abilities, i.e. to pull back as it was a public holiday.
breathing easy, the poses came easy
breathing heavy, ego was at work
Next to me, she rushed through her vinyasa and lost all alignment in a bid to enter the shape of a deeper twist.
When i started practicing, I was just getting into the shape without observing the space between breaths, and injuring myself in the process. I now practice with more consciousness. Of the breath, of the physical asana and to nourish my body with what it requires and not what the ego requires.