I don’t normally address negative comments, but this is a story that I feel needs to be told. Almost ten years ago I had a student who could not get her hands through in Garbha Pindasana despite being flexible & strong. When I sat down to help her she said, “My legs are just too fat, don’t bother trying.” My heart nearly broke bc I know what it feels like to think your legs are just too fat. After much reservation, she trusted me enough to roll up her pants and expose her legs (which she didn’t want to do in a public setting). She was not very sweaty so I started off by adding a little water. But her hands got stuck between her thighs and wouldn’t slide through. She looked at me and said, “I’ll always be the fat girl.” That only made me more motivated to find a solution. Then I remembered that some people in India use coconut oil to slide their hands through. Seeing as I didn’t have a vat of coconut oil handy I improvised with slightly soapy water. I came back with the new formula in tact and sat down with her and together (with healthy technique and alignment) we worked until her hands slid all the way through past the elbows. I assisted her throughout the whole posture, including the lift up Kukkutasana. After the posture was over she was crying and I asked if she was in pain. She said, “No, these are tears of joy.” A year later I saw her and she was a different person. Not only was she regularly doing the posture I assisted her in, but she had a radiant glow emanating from her whole being and she had made some serious life changes (diet, self-esteem, job) that resulted in dramatic weight loss and the confidence to pursue her dreams. The peak moments of my life as a teacher are where I am present at the moment when a student realizes that who they are is so much bigger and grander that they can imagine, that their limited conceptions of themselves are just that--concepts and that their true power and beauty is limitless. Sometimes your life really can change in an instant. Yoga is not just asana technique. Asana is a tool used to break the glass castle of limited thoughts and beliefs that hold people back from the infinite light of the true self.