Once there was a very gifted yoga instructor. She loved yoga and lived her life in harmony with its principles. When she taught yoga, her students felt something special coming from her. They loved her and wanted her to teach them yoga year after year. One of the things this gifted yoga instructor had learned from yoga was that you can hold a pose longer than you might think possible. When you remain focused on the breath, which represents the Source of life, the body can adapt to very challenging poses. Over time, challenging poses may either become easier or teach us important lessons – sometimes both. Then one day, life imposed an extremely difficult pose on this gifted yoga instructor. She developed cancer. She did not want to be in this pose. She wanted to be able to get off the mat, go back to teaching her yoga class and her life before this pose of cancer was introduced. But, she stayed on the mat. Day after day, week after week, she courageously stayed on the mat. The treatment caused her to lose muscle, weight, hair and energy. There was times when she would cry out from the mat, “I can’t do it. I can’t hold this pose anymore.” She wanted to be able to get up off the mat and leave this pose. Instead, she would drop to her knees and return her focus to the Source of life. Each time she returned her focus to the Source of life, she was again able to hold the pose. Her body, mind and spirit were given the strength to hold the pose again. She held the pose with courage and diginity. One day she realized that she was still teaching yoga. Her yoga class had changed to her family anf friends. Her family anf friends felt something special coming from her. They loved her more and more as they wayched her day by day, week after week holding this most difficult pose. They began to hold their own life poses with greater love and courage – and to remain focused on the Sourse of life.