Yogis know a little something that others do not. I like to call this the Moment of Blissful Surrender.
There is a point in every real stretch when you've hit your limit and you feel you can go no further. Your muscles begin to shake and your mind closes to the pain. At this point, you can either end the stretch, or, you can take –
A deep breath. Close your eyes. Relax.
Accept the discomfort and exhale into the Blissful Surrender. You will find that you can press further than you ever believed possible. Your body will melt and accept the position it has been placed in.
We do this all the time. In life, we find ourselves in positions where we feel we have been pushed to our limit. I assure you, we have not. We haven't even taken a breath.