If you’ve joined me for one of my yoga classes at the library, you know I always include a reading in the spirit of the library providing us the space.  I choose the poems with care and are a reflection of that day’s class, perhaps my mood or larger events in the world.  If you need some yoga poetry for class readings, choose one of these knowing others have appreciated them.

The Woman who Collects Noah’s Arks by Janet McCann

In honor of Mary Oliver’s passing When Death Comes from Poetry 180, Poems selected by Billy Collins

Just for now from Poems from the Heart of Yoga by Dana Faulds

When the Sun Returns by Sarah Browning

And then the sun by Stephen Connolly

How Clear, How Lovely Bright by A.E. Housman from A Shropshire Lad

The Trees by Philip Larkin from Collected Poems

The Wind Shifts by Wallace Stevens from Harmonium

On Mother’s Day by Bruce Lansky from If Pigs Could Fly—and Other Deep Thoughts: A Collection of Funny Poems

Wind, Water, Stone by Octavio Paz from The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987

Change by Wendy Videlock

Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd by Walt Whitman

Heat by John Gould Fletcher

Planetarium by Adrienne Rich from Collected Poems 1950-2012

46 From Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

AAA Vacation Guide by Ernest Hilbert from Sixty Sonnets

All Thirst Quenched by Lois Red Elk

First Men on the Moon by J. Patrick Lewis from A Burst of Firsts:  Doers, Shakers, and Record Breakers

Fujiwara no Kiyosuke from One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each

August Morning by Albert Garcia

An excerpt from An Arrow to the Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra by Ken Mcleod

To Solitude by Alice Cary from American Poetry: the 19th Century

Eating the Avocado by Carrie Fountain from Instant Winner

Effort for Distraction by Josephine Miles from Collected Poems

If you’d like more ideas for yoga poetry for class readings, use my article Poems to Support Your Yoga Practice  and Yoga Poetry which list 2018 readings.  I also shared some yoga relevant quotes in 2016.

Cover of the book, Water Yoga a Teacher's Guide which shows a woman in the pool wearing an orange sun shirt and black sun pants in a modified version of Eagle pose during aqua yoga.

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image of rocks balanced on top of each other on a beach to illustrate yoga poetry for class readings

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