Here's Michelle, back-bending into the setting sun at Abalone Cove. You may look at this and see grace, a balance between both strength and surrender, the effort and ease needed to move your spine against its usual grain. Yoga asana often goes against the grain, this directional shift is necessary to create change.
No one steps into a yoga practice thinking, "I want to stay the same."
Yoga is a deliberate act of transformation.