All of us need “backbone” to take real leadership in our own lives. This is our ability to set goals and stick to them, to set boundaries and hold them clear. There are many ways to develop and sustain a healthy backbone. Yesterday doing Bikram at Yoyoga our instructor Jen said that the 26 sequence of yoga postures put together by Bikram are primarily a spine-strengthening sequence. Suddenly I understood how strong the pull of this sequence is for me. It is building my backbone on the level of the somatic. With my clients, so often I have seen how a regular somatic practice, however small, can be the doorway to developing the self.