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In today’s post I’d like to share with you a yoga poem I recently wrote as part of my daily spiritual practice.
When most people, particularly in the West, think of yoga, they think of yoga postures as exercises and approach their practice with this thought in mind. From my early days of practice, I had a vague understanding that practicing yoga was some form of “spiritual exercise”. The more I practiced and listened to my teacher and other yogis, the more I realised how spiritually uplifting and engaging yoga really is.
From the beginning, my yoga teacher and coach, Shola Arewa stressed the spiritual connection and mindfulness needed when you practice yoga, and to this day, although yoga is a great form of stress relief, improves the functioning of your inner organs and increases flexibility of your joints; for me, the primary aim of practicing yoga is to connect on a spiritual level with the divine within.
In this vein, my daily early morning yoga practice consists of a mixture of prayer, meditation, breathing exercises, journaling and yoga (postures)…all activities which individually or collectively strengthen my inner resolve and enable me to start my day in a more conscious mindfully way. My desire is to maintain this energy throughout my day…alas as my girls will tell you I am often stressed, snappy and moan at them…
Putting that to one side, here is a sample of my daily yoga practice presented in the form of a poem…I Breathe
I Give Thanks
I ignite the fire within
I acknowledge the Goddess within
I move; I flow easing the stiffness and aches away
I rest, in Savasana
I receive and absorb
I arise and
Give Thanks for a brand new day
And if you enjoyed this yoga poem wish to experience more yoga poetry, you’ll enjoy reading my ebook of grief poems, Returning Home to the Healing Waters of My Soul; in which I journal and share my journey of spiritual awakening following the death of my dear brother and cousin. You can buy your copy here on my website or click here and download your copy via my Kindle Amazon book store.
And, if you wish to share your views about “what is yoga?” I’d love to read your thoughts in the comment box below.
Stay blessed and thank you and may your day flow with grace and ease as you move mindfully through your day.
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