Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"A Yoga Poem" by Danna Faulds

I'm back, fresh from another yoga teacher training weekend! These weekends are such a blessing, and I come away from them with my spirit refreshed and my mind and body challenged (just ask my poor hamstrings!).

This is a poem that Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy instructor, Ruth Jacobson, shared with us on our last day of training. I love how it describes how yoga speaks to us on a deeper level than just asanas and couldn't wait to share it with you all! I hope you enjoy this poem and can take a few minutes to reflect on your yoga practice and what it means to you!

YOGA

Yoga is not about the pose
It’s not the alignment of
toes or hips or shoulders.
It’s not about the form.

Yoga is an invitation to
explore, not a command
performance.  It speaks
the language of the soul. 

In the flow of breath and
motion, yoga coaxes us
from the confines of the
known, across the silent
threshold into vastness. 

Yoga is the union of prayer
and movement, guided from
inside.  It is healing and the
joy of saying yes to life. 

Breathe, relax and feel the
body receive its own truth.
The seed of freedom flowers
within each of us whenever
we are open to what’s real.

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