In yoga, practice does not make a person perfect, practice makes one a practitioner. As such there is no perfection in yoga, because it is not a goal oriented endeavor.
Yoga is a journey of self discovery. The yogi is challenged on that journey to overcome his 'samskaras' or conditioned existence through the practice itself. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 1.14 outlines the three elements must be firmly established in practice for it to be effective. First, a person must practice for a long period of time. Second, one's practice must be consistent or uninterrupted. Third, an individual must practice with love and devotion.
Six days a week for many years, I have dedicated myself to my yoga practice. Regardless of the daily circumstances, whether I am sick, tired, injured, sore, traveling or feel amazing, I just do my practice. It has become an essential ritual in my life as important as taking a shower or cleaning my home. The yoga is a cleansing of the physical body and purification of the mind and spirit as well. Through this process, I have uncovered my weaknesses and developed my strengths. It has been transformative for me on many levels and I recognize how blessed I am to have found this eight limbed yoga system for everyday I step onto the mat.
The Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
Niyama: Self Purification, Personal Observances
Asana: Seat or Posture
Pranayama: Breath Control
Pratyahara: Sense Withdrawal