These hatha yoga exercises seem to involve unnatural distortions and unnecessary struggles. Why should we contort the body and assume disagreeable postures which merely copy the forms of lower animals and reptiles like the tortoise, the cobra, and fish? Why should we, as human beings, so degrade ourselves and submit to these indignities? Are the benefits of these exercises real or alleged ones?
-- Notebooks Category 5: The Body > Chapter 5: Exercise > # 78