Embrace the unexpected

Ustrasana is my least favorite pose. It’s an extreme heart opener that exposes your most vital organs, leaving you vulnerable and often triggering survival instincts of dizziness and nausea.

Vulnerability and I don’t get along. To me, it means a loss of control. Emotions stir up that you didn’t necessarily expect. Things don’t go as planned. It’s here that I practice Santosha, the yogic principle that advocates embracing everything in your life – the uncomfortable, the unfavorable, the unexpected – as if you’d chosen it.