I posted a picture of Kurmasana on the Ashtanga Picture Project Facebook Page and an Ashtangi responded with this inspiring story.
Lauri Hopple Kurmasana is my lucky pose, it saved my life. Last summer, I tried a little too hard to clasp my hands behind my back and compressed my collar bone. In the shower later, while exploring the soreness, I found a lump in my right breast. Eight months, eight rounds of chemo, two surgeries and 33 rounds of radiation later, I’ve come out on the other side, stronger in ways I never anticipated. Forever grateful to Kurmasana.