“It’s often been said that ‘to fully let go of something, you have to feel it first with all your heart,’ and I believe yoga can be a catalyst to this truth.” – Paul McQuillan, author of “I Hate Yoga”


WizardtrioShawn Wright, Thom Allison and Paul McQuillan in YPT’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

In his request for a heart, during the final scene of Wizard of Oz, the longing Tin-Man’s soon-to-be-granted wish is prefaced by these words from the elusive—but wise—wizard:
“You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one; hearts will never be practical until they can made unbreakable,” to which the Tin-man replies, “But I still want one.”

I’ve heard this exchange tens of times since my childhood and it never fails to choke me up. On a deeper level, I always took it to mean that the Tin-man understands the heart’s complexities, but chooses to sign the heart-waiver and jump on the ride anyway, knowing that true feelings must be greater than no feelings at all.

He makes the right choice.

Your yoga practice offers up many opportunities with each posture, one being a…

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