Are you a hypocrite, or just human?

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Are you a hypocrite, or just human?

Every yogi has their current favorite and least favorite posture.

And it changes quite frequently, based on your body, your attitude, your needs and the seasons of life in which you practice.

One day you’re foaming at the mouth to execute a back bend, open up your thoracic cavity and make your tender bits vulnerable to the world, the next month you’re scared and tired and want nothing more than to cradle yourself in child’s pose and never come out.

The key is not beating yourself up for these fluctuations. To be alive in all your contradictions. Because few yoga students are these magically unified systems without internal inconsistencies or disharmony.

In fact, contradiction doesn’t mean you are a hypocrite, only that you’re a growing, moving, imperfect human being taking new shape and form every time you step onto the mat.

Boorstin, the great historian and congressional librarian, said it best.

Learning is a way of becoming inconsistent with your past self.

Are you a hypocrite, or just human?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat

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