Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won't let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can't be done.

Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.

—Mark Nepo, Breaking Surface

Backbending requires a great deal of courage: trusting the process, that you will stay up, pressing your heart forward, mastering the fear. This week, stretch the front of your body while keeping focus on your back torso. Learn how to get into these challenging poses effectively and safely by tilting the pelvis and engaging your thigh and core muscles. Experiment with bows (Danurasana), frogs (Bhekasana) and one footed pigeons (Eka pada Rajakapotasana I & II) and a few others. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of yoga!