Whether it’s in the form of oxygen or blood flow, or in the form of joint pain or muscle tension, resistance creates strain on the body.
Everyone learns somewhere along their path that resistance does more harm than good.
Over the years, I asked to have my picture taken in particular yoga poses to see where I could improve alignment.
At one time, while a friend of mine was taking my photo, she noticed I was struggling to get into the posture and asked, why are you resisting?
I questioned, what makes you think I am resisting? She said, you are holding your breath. You should see the veins in your neck. I was not even aware I was tensing up, or holding my breath.
From that point on, I made it a point to monitor my breath, and observe how my body feels when moving in, holding, and moving out of a posture. Standing in front of a mirror makes it easy to detect when I have locked the door to air flow. My friends, the jugulars, just bulge right in.