“Lift your foot to your shoulder and place that foot behind your head,” said the yoga instructor as she calmly slid her foot behind her head as though it were a smooth magic trick. A laugh spontaneously erupted from my mouth as I considered the reality that my foot had no intention of going behind my head. I looked around the room as my fellow yogis struggled to pry their legs into upright extension and push their foot behind their head. It looked extremely uncomfortable and definitely not empowering.

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