Ironic is the right word, yes. There is a big hesitation towards the practice.
I’ve seen the same thing in my coaching practice with clients who have a lot of anxiety. One of the most effective things people can do to bring themselves out of anxiety is to simply stand on the floor in upright and strong superman pose for at least 5 minutes. Just keeping that wide open body posture long enough to break through the mental prison. It works both ways. But still people don’t do it. They don’t feel like doing it or think, that it feels inauthentic and fake. That’s self-based delusion in action, making us believe and feel that smallness and tightness is our natural state so it feels “unnatural” or “fake” to break through into our real size.
Or with Atiyoga and Dzogchen practice. I know that in the beginning, I used to think that shouting PHET! is artificial and goes against non-meditation. Until I started doing it and quickly realised how completely lost I had been sticking to my fancy ideas of non-meditation before.