Practising Asana is about transcending our existing boundaries. In order to be able to do this we must do more than just practise the accuracy of the physical pose, learn its name and stretch our limbs. The transcendental element is our surrender of the Ego and its 'I wants' to the flow of life, which is passing through us in the form of the breath while we are trying to perfect our physical postures. By surrender to the presence of the eternal flow of life we can attain undreamed of ideals because for those moments our separated Ego consciousness is dissolved in the unity of creation. Whereas without the surrender of the Ego and its 'I want' intention to stretch boundaries, even though flexibility in and exterior perfection of the Asana may improve, the boundaries that cause separation in the self are actually being reinforced and thus cause in the long and the short term more tension. Also the practise lacks grace, ease and beauty because it is really an act of force against the self and its body.