Whenquestioned about whether we should take time off from practice or push throughpractice when injured, Sharath cautioned us to be careful. He saidsometimes the body is only changing. Due to the things we’ve done to thebody before our āsana practice; we may be working through a lot ofstiffness. Āsana makes us free from all of this, but during thetransition, there may be aches and pains in the body. We should practice, butwe should be careful. Do not push too much until we feel better. Wedon’t respect āsana sometimes. Using himself as an example, he recountedhis earlier days in Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana. He thought he could dodeeper and deeper until he injured his shoulder. He demoed for Guruji thenext day even though he was injured. After that day he practiced slowlyand was very careful. It healed and he became more flexible. Hecautioned that we should go slowly, let the body change, and don’t rushit. Flexibility will come. When doing this practice, exercises andsports can make us more stiff and susceptible to injury. He joked thatthere is no need for other activity unless we really like it, and then, we cando that once in awhile. He said, in his experience, injuries or painsthat we get by āsana, āsana can heal.
To wrap up hesaid that yoga is bigger than us. Nobody can copy right it or brandit. It is our duty to uphold the system and educate people about whatproper yoga means. When we protect dharma, when we protect truth, thetruth will protect us. He sent us off by saying we should keeppracticing. It doesn’t happen all at once. It takes a long time.