As yoga teachers, we should not be afraid to bring intensity to our students through the practice. It is much needed. Why? What we learn on the mat is not for the time we spend on the mat, rather for the moment we step off the mat and into our lives. We have challenges and intense situations, (postures and sequences), we face all the time. It doesn't matter if your can do a posture or finish a sequence. What matters is how you respond to it. Do you try? Do you give up? Do you force it? Do you get angry? Do you get frustrated? Do you believe you can or you can't? How do you respond to the situations in your life?
Without some intensity, our emotional bodies and our physical bodies may suffer. If we don't do more advanced postures, the basic postures will suffer.
Don't be afraid! Lessons are important...on the mat and off. Learn to face them with a smile on your face and love in your heart. Doesn't that seem like it would make things easier?