“I believe in movement. I believe in that lighthearted balloon, the world. I believe in midnight and the hour of noon. But what else do I believe in? Sometimes everything. Sometimes nothing. It fluctuates like light flitting over a pond. I believe in life, which one day each of us shall lose. When we are young we think we won’t, that we are different. As a child I thought I would never grow up, that I could will it so. And then I realized, quite recently, that I had crossed some line, unconsciously cloaked in the truth of my chronology. How did we get so damn old? I say to my joints, my iron-colored hair. Now I am older than my love, my departed friends. Perhaps I will live so long that the New York Public Library will be obliged to hand over the walking stick of Virginia Woolf. I would cherish it for her, and the stones in her pocket. But I would also keep on living, refusing to surrender my pen.” 

― Patti Smith, Just Kids.

Yoga mimics life. Step out of your comfort zone by exploring your beliefs. This week, increase your ability to hold your center in a well-rounded flow designed to challenge you. Sun salutations, standing poses, arm balances, hip openers, infused with a beautiful dose of inversions. Dig down inside yourself and find all the reasons why you can do it! 

Photo: Karen Knorr.