Sunday, April 5, 2009

Yoga's Reach (poem by Danna Faulds)

I recently read this yoga poem by Danna Faulds from her book, From Root to Bloom, Yoga Poems and Other Writings, and it expressed the way I feel. Sometimes we just need to become quiet and let yoga enter into all of our "nooks and crannies".

Yoga's Reach

It is a wonder
how a simple stretch
deepens breath,
and an elegantly held pose
grows to touch the
whole of me.

Like sugar stirred into tea,
the potency
of yoga spreads
from body into mind
and heart, revealing
an ocean of energy
that heals and opens,

holds me close
and sets me free
all in the same moment.


Elizabeth said...

Really beautiful Yoga poem. Few days back I read on Lucky Everyday's blog that there are two kinds of Yoga .........The Indian one which requires a lots of patience, practice and dedication.Its called as setubandhasan - or a backward bend pose, with the help of a prop.The second kind of Yoga is the Irish one, its like a drunk Irishman doing the back posture, flopped dead drunk on a chair!

wwarmup said...

i dont agree with Elizabeths coments. there is only one yoga. the real yoga which just happened to originate in India and whose rules have been clearly defined.

everything else right frm bikram to iyengar cannot be called yogas. they r just using the name thats it.

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Jacque said...

Your poems is so beautiful...Thank you for sharing it.

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The Natural Therapy Training Centre said...

Beautiful poem, it reminds me of the "Please Touch Me" poem on massage by Phyllis K. Davies, I put it on my own blog too!

yogayoga said...

Like the others, I echo the sentiment: beautiful poem! It reminds me of when I do vinyasas.

(Also, not that big of a deal, but yoga=to yoke, or union.)

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Colette said...

Heading off to teach my class. Yoga - it's so poetic. Thanks!

jenna said...

wow!..i love your poem. its so poetic.keep it up your work.

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Shrikrishna... said...

Yoga is really wonder...
Really Excellent poem on Yoga...
Thanks for sharing

edward said...

Your poem is heart touching and very sensible and user friendly as well as informative too..

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edward said...

Wonderful and very very determine poem, really it is very inspiration poem..

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I really love this poem. It is actually simple and easy to understand! LOL. Me and poetry divorced in the 9th grade but this one I like. i'm so excited to have come across this blog because I've been working in the corporate field for over 10 years now and I have been practicing yoga for 8. Yoga has really helped bring balance to my work as an civil engineer with all the stress etc.
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kimz said...

Lovely poem! It reminds me to connect with my body and how awesome it feels when your mind is quiet and you're just present in the moment.
Thanks for sharing!

Cass Jenis said...

I love this poem! I think I will read it in class tonight.

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Carrie Peterson said...

Such a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing