I love poetry, especially whimsical and the lyrical prose poetry. Whilst I am reading quite a lot of poetry at the moment for inspiration and research as to how I’d like my poetry book to be designed I realized I enjoy bringing it into my yoga practice (so to speak). Obviously I do not bring a book to my mat and attempt to read poems whilst moving from one asana to another but I do like to read a poem upon waking every morning before I do some home yoga practice and breakfast in bed. I then journal how I feel and create short prose poems that have been born during my yoga practice. I believe poetry really helps the mind expand in imagination and most poetry is quite short, short enough to take in and savour. This is how I start my day and I wanted to write an article about poetry books I like that other yogis might like. Click on the link below to view the full article.
“Many sacred texts throughout history were written in a poetic language or hymn. Even the Quran and the Bible read like prose poems as do numerous Hindu, Buddhist and Yogic scriptures such as the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata which are all renowned epic poems containing philosophical ideas about life, love, spirituality and human nature. You might say poetry is the foundation of yoga since it is these ancient poetic verses that sages, holy men and yogis used to chant in order to aid meditation in a seated asana to achieve a higher state of consciousness or learn about the divine cosmos via poetic passages.
Fast-forward to the 21st century and things haven’t really changed. Poetry, story telling and creative expression are inspiring to all of us; they open a gate way in the mind that encourages expansion and a feeling of freedom in a world so consumed by a veil of superficial realities.”
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