I was teaching a class the other day, and giving an assist as I normally do, when a student came out of the pose and apologized that she cannot do it. I reassured her that it was perfectly fine to take it at her own pace or even take a break. I thought about the incident a lot, because I do hear this from time to time, this apology when someone has difficulty coming into a pose or holding a pose, when someone has to modify or take a break in child's pose. This is what I have to say about that: There is no need to apologize.
We were born into this world as infants not really doing much and not knowing much. It took time for us to take our first step, to speak our first word, to form our first sentence. We did not have to apologize for taking our time, and so it is that we still do not have to apologize for taking time to grow. Whether it is our asana practice or figuring out our purpose in life or having a meaningful relationship etc, it does take time. Be patient. Instead of feeling the weight of time passing by, use time as a vehicle to do the best that you can. And if today, you find that you fall, or struggle, or want to give up, do not apologize. Get up and try again. Another try. Another day. Another time. Take time to get to know your body in the pose. Take time to make peace with where you are. Take time to be thankful that you have this body and no one else's. Take time to learn new things you could do with it. Take time. Take time. Take time.
The time we have here on Earth is a time of learning and a time of loving. It is not the time to feel inadequate or pressured. It is an opportunity given to us to travel down the road, one step at a time, with space to take a break, with love in our heart and a smile on our face. It is a time to invite and accept joy, all the time and every time.