One who thinks that practice of yoga is easy, hasn't really quite done it.
Whoever who feels that this spiritual practice is full of pain and torment, hasn't stay long enough to dive deeper for the magic to happen.
Looking at the sutras and those ancient text of on yoga, it never mention on a word or any description that it will be easy. None.
What those books reveal, are a chunk of benefits and most importantly, a long list of tools for any practitioners who embark in this self- discovery journey.
The Bhagavad Geeta tells the story of how Arjuna caught himself in confusion and dilemma in the battlefield of Kurukshetra ---- The charioteer, Krishna then has a long conversation sharing words of wisdom before Arjuna took the next move.
That relate to what is always happening in our inner world, the battlefield is inside each of us; the charioteer is in there, the wisdom is in there too.
Or we may even look at those reference text of Yoga Sutra, a compilation of 4 chapters delivers the technical and scientific part of the practice--- the reasons of our constant unhappiness, backing-up with methods and qualities we need to acquire in order to stay through with the practice.
These two are my favorite reference books on the philosophical part of yoga; which i will pick up to read anytime.
As my personal practice started to get a little more demanding in general, i was initially ridiculed by how difficult it was getting.
When i reached to a certain limit of no more strength, where i can't quite figure out what's the next step, desperately wanting to penetrate to the next drop of strength---- i thought...
" Where can i find that much of the strength to do this? What should i do to make to happen.
Its too tough."
I know it was more of mentally than physically demanding.
And the ancient text had already hinted us that the practice is going to a very tough ones--- with all those long list of reminders that hopefully be pounded hard in our head to keep us moving on.
Intense faith. Continuous practice. Discriminative knowledge. Dispassion.
Its simple, yet asking a lot of us.
Bite on and keep moving.