This has created a lot of over-efforting, in my eyes, and I come back to the same question over and over in the lifespan of my practice: What are my goals with yoga in the first place? I practice yoga to be in the moment, to be in my body, and to be in harmony with others in my daily life. Peace of mind and mental clarity are high on my list of reasons to practice yoga. So why am I, and all these other yoga teachers, squeezing and tensing so much in our practice if part of the goal is to soften our grip on life and everything around us and learn how to "simply be?"
Here is a little practice I like to teach to help you feel that when you move purely, the core responds accordingly, as necessary.