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Yoga instructor Kyhiera Miller leads a paddle board class in Santa Cruz, CA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

“Open your heart!” the yoga instructor cried.

I was trying to balance on a paddle board, attempting asanas without falling in the water.

Yet unfolding my awkward body in the warm air, on warm water, made every seemingly difficult pose more fluid.

“Open your heart!” the instructor cried.

I swear I could feel it opening in my chest.

Life in 5 lines or less© channels Eleanor Roosevelt as often as possible: ‘Do something that scares you every day.’