Yoga + Poetry #SOL21


Final relaxation.

Corpse pose.

When I hear those words, my body releases. The day’s practice is over, and it’s time to lay in silence and allow the body and mind to internalize all that was learned in the session. Just like sleep restores the body, savasana restores the spirit. I can draw in the things I learned about my body, my soul, my life from the last 50 minutes. I can set an intention for how I will live, even better, outside the four walls of the studio.

In this particular practice, our instructor ended with one of her favorite poems by Remi.

Don't go outside your house to see flowers.
My friend, don't bother with that excursion.
Inside your body there are flowers.
One flower has a thousand petals.
That will do for a place to sit.
Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty
inside the body and out of it,
before gardens and after gardens.

It spoke to me. This last year of being inside. This last year of missing so many things for myself, but more importantly my children. Trying to see the silver lining when heavy grey clouds loom overhead. But, we don’t have to be outside to see flowers. They are inside us. And they will remain inside us after this pandemic and into the next difficult thing. We must seek to find the flowers. Find a place to sit on a petal and be okay with the stillness. Then we will see the beauty in us, around us, and through us.

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13 thoughts on “Yoga + Poetry #SOL21

  1. WOW – your slide gives me so much to think about. I love the idea of not having to go outside to see the flowers. As it rained all day yesterday, I was actually thinking about all the flowers that will soon bloom with Spring. But your post brings me Springtime today. Thanks for including the poem. Thanks for sharing your reflection. You also are nudging me to try yoga!

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  2. What a powerful piece of writing! I appreciate how you’re there in corpse pose (I started to relax just thinking about savasana) and then your piece expands from the yoga mat to this deep reflection on the losses and griefs of the past year and the reminder that we have what we need. I also hadn’t read this piece by Rumi before and it felt like just what I needed to read this morning.

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  3. “Find a place to sit on a petal and be okay with the stillness.” I think I will just leave it at that. Wow! Beautiful words to get me going this morning.

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  4. This is beautiful. I’ve started practicing yoga daily and am so thankful for the changes it has brought to my life. In the heat of a moment, I can press my hands together and feel the ease of being on the mat even while stress is swirling around me. Such a gift!

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  5. I feel calmer after your slice….and sad that I missed time on my own mat. I will remind myself to find my own flowers, especially those that grown through the muck. Thank you

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