Poems to support your yoga practice

poems to support your yoga practice

poems to support your yoga practiceI teach a bunch of classes in public libraries.  I love teaching in libraries because I can reach people who wouldn’t necessarily ever go to a yoga studio.  They feel the library is more welcoming and more their style.  In support of the overall mission of libraries, I always include a reading in these classes.  Sometimes I choose a selection of a longer work but I like poetry because it’s a complete short thought.  I try to choose poems that support the theme of that day’s practice.  This is a list of the many of the poems from the second half of 2018.  I hope these poems support your yoga practice and inspire you.

Poems to support your yoga practice:

To My Child by Fu Tianlin from Women of the Red Plain.

Adventures in New Testament Greek: Nous by Scott Cairns from Compass of Affection: Poems, New and Selected  – This is a lovely yoga poem as it’s about embodied breath

The Chase by Rupi Kaur from The Sun and Her Flowers

A Thought When Noon is Hot by Harley Graves

Priceless Gifts by Anna Swir from The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness and Joy

Taking the Hands by Robert Bly

A Thanksgiving Meditation by Naomi King from the Unitarian Universalists Association


Selections from longer works to support your yoga practice:

A selection from the Inspiration and Aspiration post from the Zen Habits blog

A selection from Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way

Readings from Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


If you’d like to review other compilations of readings from my library classes see:

Yoga Poetry

Yoga Quotes

Poetry for Yoga Class Readings


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I'm a yoga teacher who specializes in making yoga accessible for those with chronic health conditions in the pool and on land. My teaching style is engaging, responsive and fun. 

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