Yoda is a Jerk, and Samuel Beckett Would Agree

In addition to being a writer and aspiring professor, I am a "yogi," doing yoga for approximately twelve years, and five of those with a continuous practice. Yesterday, I went to a class which focused on going upside down. Though I have extensive yoga experience and the strength to do a headstand, fight-or-flight terror kicks in the moment I even visualize putting my whole body in the air above my head. Usually the flight instinct wins. Yesterday, as I was getting ready to kick my feet above my head and rest them against the wall behind me (a wall-assisted handstand), I made the mistake of talking to myself: "Don't freak out," I whispered. "Don't freak out, don't freak out." The instructor h

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