Our mind is in a state of confusion and stress, constantly reacting to the external stimuli arround us. This disharmony in the body mind complex, leads us to various psychosomatic ailments.
Yoga helps us attain a state of mind similar to an ocean bed. Even though waves go wild on ocean surface, the ocean bed is calm and stable.
When we perform yoga postures or asanas, we need to understand that it is for the mind and its relaxation. The longer we hold the postures, the benefits are better. We can only stay in a posture for a long time if we are comfortable and peaceful in that posture. In Sanskrit it is described as sthira sukam asanam (stable and happy/with ease of posture). That is the mastery of yoga.
In life, we constantly have pressures. But the key is to stay calm and peaceful inside while still
reacting to the outside world normally. An analogy can be drawn from Indian Mythology where the king of serpents (Anantha) is the bed to Lord Vishnu. The serpent’s thousand heads is said to carry the weight of the entire world. But the serpent is said to be in peaceful happy state while supporting the whole world and even its Lord.