You must sit like a ruler, the instructor says.
So I do. Back ramrod straight.
What are you doing? the instructor asks.
Sitting like a ruler, I reply. A steel ruler.
No, not that kind of ruler, he says. Like someone in control. A king or commander.
Like Genghis Khan? I say.
I hear a few rogue giggles.
No. More like the Dalai llama. Posture is important in yoga.
I relax a little.
It would be very tiring, after all, to go through life in the presence of others, back stiff as a steel ruler.
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