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Every anxiety is another chance to inhale

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Yoga has doubled my pain tolerance.

Thanks to my practice, when I experience moments of discomfort, waves of anxiety, even bonafide bouts of physical agony, I’ve trained myself to breathe through it.

Which doesn’t make the pain go away, it just changes your relationship to the experience of it.

Turns out, when you greet the pain with a welcoming and thankful heart, you can use its momentum against itself to convert it into a meditation.

When was the last time you gave thanks for your discomfort?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.