It takes a certain amount of will to practice yoga, and the same is true in life. But excessive willfulness creates tension. Finding the balance between will and acceptance in life is what you are learning in your yoga practice.
Some people approach their yoga practice as a break from the world, a separate space where they can recover from life’s stresses and strains. Once they’ve pulled themselves back together, they return to their families and jobs renewed. I think that’s legitimate, but it’s not my experience.
I approach yoga from the perspective that I’m learning something that can be integrated into my life. Over the years I’ve come to understand that life itself is mostly an opportunity to practice, to move towards wholeness of experience. Our formal practices like yoga and meditation provide us with a safe, nourishing environment in which we can gain stability and abilities that aid this process.