Yogis will tell you that when you want to get out of a pose staying in it will produce real benefits. When we relax our minds through the discomfort often produced by holding an awkward position we are learning to handle the stress that life throws at us more effectively; we are teaching ourselves that we can handle it. It can also lead to an emotional release, which is very healthy. When we learn to manage our minds on the mat, we transfer this knowledge off the mat. When confronted with a stressful situation, we are more ready to breath through it, to react more effectively, to remain calm.
Perhaps the next time you find yourself backing away from the discomfort on the yoga mat, you’ll take a couple more breaths knowing that by doing so you are training your mind to accept that which you want to resist.