One of the surprising things that yoga has taught me is that physical exertion has effects that go beyond my body.

It seems to offer an unexpected openness and peacefulness. It puts me in a place where I can really hear things.

Recently, I had a lesson on Backbends.

My goal is to dip into a Backbend from a standing position. With hands at heart center, I want to be able to lean back and, oh so slowly, land my hands on the mat behind me.

I am not sure why. I cannot explain this!

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