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.