In yoga, it’s actually easier to do the posture than it is to sit out.
No matter how tired and sore and sweaty and frustrated I am, when I resort to squatting on the floor, slugging back water and staring at myself in the mirror, that only magnifies the pain. And I end up just sitting there, feeling sorry for myself, with nothing to focus on except my own suffering, while time ticks by like a winded toy.
And that’s when I say to myself, look, I didn’t come to class to not practice, so I may as well stand up and try again.
The point is, doing the work may be hard. But it’s a hell of lot better than the alternative.
Are you giving up too soon?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.