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Yoga is as hard as we want it to be

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

Is yoga hard?

Like many things in life, it’s as hard as we want it to be.

That’s the beauty of the practice. It meets us where we are. It invites us to engage the level of intensity that works best for our bodies.

And so, if we’re feeling especially strong and energetic one morning and want to go deep and long in every posture, that’s awesome. That will be a tough class.

On the other hand, if it’s been a stressful day and we feel depleted and just want to lay in savasana in the back of the room until we start sawing logs, that class will feel a cakewalk.

Everybody is different, and every body is different.

Hard or easy is completely up to us.

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