When I was about 4 years old, we would watch television in the morning. Cartoons, morning news, and PBS. One of my favorite shows was Lilias, Yoga, and You. Lilias was the yoga expert, and she coached you soothingly through several positions. She was wiry and soft at the same time, and I would watch her and try to emulate her positions. I spent long periods of time with my legs slung over my head and my arms splayed out at my sides, thinking that if I only had a navy leotard, I would be as much of a special lady as Lilias.

I didn't understand it then, but I got a lot out of Lilias. Wherever she is, she's responsible for my even breathing and my renewed interest in calming down for the good of my mind and my body.

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