Yoga Poetry

Down Dog on the Wall

Down Dog on the Wall, Amsterdam.

This is a collection of my poetry specifically written in the name of the practice of yoga. I am honored to be sharing it, and I hope that you are able to find something within the words that allows you to open a door into a deeper level of practice.


Behind this shadow I am a warrior

Unafraid of my strength

But the darkness protects me from this truth

And I am afraid to begin this journey

It is cool and comfortable

In the shade of night

I can easily hide my brilliance

But this path to transformation is lined with fire

And the spark does not survive under this damp cloak

I wait and I breathe

The warrior

Without the battle

Strength without struggle

Is emerging

The night is ending

The sun rises over the horizon

It is time to ignite my path

Downward Facing Dog.

My knees connect with the mat

I am aware of sensation in my left knee

From twenty years ago when my bicycle stopped

And my body did not

I lay on the road, tears streaming down my face

Unaware that life would march on

And that 20 years later I would be in table posture

Pressing acutely into both hands

Checking my alignment to ensure

My knees were under my hips


I have always been prepared for anything

In my experience lack of preparation leads to hurt



I am ready

My neck is loose

I inhale ujjayi

And curl my toes under

Hips rise to the sky

Feet press into the earth

My mother

Our mother earth

I have not loved you nearly enough

I encourage my heels to the mat

Shoulders roll out

And lead with my heart

Lead with my heart space

Wild open and free

Somewhere I didn’t know I would be

My head is below my heart

And my mind wanders from the breath

To absolute gratitude

For this space

For this time

For this body

For this heart

I have arrived

And I am unafraid to find my edge


I hear the harmonium

The quiet, constant sound of the instrument

Fingers move, slowly, while the other hand gives breath

And the chanting begins

We call out to he who is most divine

And we call out to that place in each of us

And breathe through the truth that they are one and the same

That we are all one and the same

There is no difference between him and me

Between you and me but

I have already put you on the other side of the fence and

Deemed you unlike me

Acknowledged that we are on different paths

I’m rethinking my position

Questioning everything and nothing and

Breathing through silent answers

Seeking strength without struggle

Once again

On the mat

I hear the harmonium

I hear the collective consciousness that surrounds me and

I sing

For the girl I wasn’t

For the one I might never be

For the woman I am in this moment

Bruised, yet

Open, wild and free

In this moment


In this moment

I see my divinity, my right to be loved by him and you and me and all

This is my right

My obligation to this life, to connect

And to investigate

Past skin receptors and central nervous system

Past these bones

Into open heart, open spirit

Into the open

I don’t go there often;

Sometimes the sun hurts my eyes

And shows me my battle scars

Today I will stand

Planted, and

I will sing to the divine

I will hear my own voice, yours and countless others

I will accept my connection

And I will breathe into this truth

That there is no difference between the divine and me

That there is no difference between you and me

Partner Yoga.

In this moment where I am

Where we are

I am here with you

I am open

I am free

I am here

To connect

To be

Today I will share this space

I will create union

I will trust

I will surrender

I will not judge

I will only be

In this space

In this moment

With you

Little Earthquakes.

My world is rocked

And I am riding the wave

Grateful for the ebb and flow

For the rise and settling of my seas

For these little earthquakes

I am alive

I am susceptible

I am aware

I am amazed

I am amazing

My world is rocked

And I teeter on the edge

Of another quake

And I remember

My heart beats

My arms rise into warrior

And my breath follows

Today I Come to the Mat

Today I come to the mat

Seeking answers from my spirit

My breath is present

I rest upon ujjayi

Feeling the inhalation fill my body

Listening to the exhalation

As my hips settle in surrender and

My heart opens

Bruised and broken

The scars that I have tried to hide from view

Are now fully visible

Gratitude fills me

As I prepare to accept all outcomes

Today I come to the mat

Seeking freedom from suffering

With compassion for my wounded heart

And in honor of my divine spark.


Today I will practice non-violence

Today I will speak the truth

Today I will love without limits

I will face my fears and walk with them

I will look into the eyes of those I love

I will look inside myself

I will see my own beauty and I will see yours

Today there is no place for self doubt

Today there is no place for judgment

Today I will hear my heart beat and I will listen

Today I will breathe deeply

Today I will practice yoga

Today I will live for this moment.

And this moment

And this moment


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