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7 Yoga Poses That Are Harder Than They Look

by Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman:  After years of practice, does Triangle still stress you out?

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Or, can you hold Handstand but wobble in Warrior I? Here, 7 top teachers share the relatively easy poses that they’re still trying to master—plus tips to make them a little less frustrating.

Do you ever feel like Wild Thing is totally attainable, but you can’t stop wobbling in Tree Pose? Or maybe popping up into Crow Pose feels simple yet Chair Pose feels like a challenge every time. You’re not alone. Even yoga teachers with decades of experience still struggle with so-called “easy” yoga poses. The reason? There really is no such thing as an “easy” pose.

“To put value judgments on yoga poses—to say something is easy or hard—is just not possible,” says Nicki Doane, co-owner and director of Maya Yoga Studio in Maui. “In a class, everyone is doing the same pose and everyone is having a different experience. Everyone’s body is different; some of us are strong and stiff, and some of us are weak and flexible, and what’s going on in your own body and mind affects how you feel about the pose. There are no ‘easy’ poses, only ones we may feel more at ease in.”

While this may be true, there’s a good chance there are some poses you don’t feel “at ease in,” simple as the pose may seem. And veteran yogis can relate. Here, top teachers share the relatively easy poses that they and their students are still trying to master—plus tips to make them a little less frustrating.

Mountain Pose, Tadasana

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