I picked up the Yoga Poems after reading the author's collection of short stories, Green Tea To Go. This is poetry at its absolute best. I know very little about yoga poses and breathing exercises. But this is a collection about the language of emotion, the difficult postures of passion, this is for anyone who's struggled with loss, or as the author puts it in her introduction, feels like an "expatriate in my own skin." I loved the poetry about healing, a search for serenity in the jolting insanity of every-day life. And some of the lines are so frank and funny, I couldn't stop laughing. For example, the first line in, "Knee to Ear," is, "I was almost married to dispassion." It suddenly reminded me of this girl back when and then this and that and as I went on, it was a very sad poem reflecting on the poet's past. On the reverse side, there's a sensuality that reminds one of the bodily calligraphy that yoga forms with every pose.
"There are two perfect
shapes in the world
a man once said:
... and he
might have added a third:
a woman's body."
I appreciated the honesty of, "Lord of the Fish." "There is one pose I cannot do," it starts. I've tried yoga several times and there's a thousand poses I can't do, haha. I highly recommend this book for any fan of poetry independent of your knowledge of yoga. If you love language, these are literally, "Lines to unfold by."
Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By ペーパーバック – 2006/9/1
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The sixty poems in this book are windows into the mind/body/spirit experiences that come about through yoga practice. Each poem is named for a posture or breath exercise and is inspired by the physical properties of the pose or some aspect of breathing that led the poet to deeper understanding. Listening to these poems read aloud, or contemplating them on one’s own, will help yoga students understand their own struggles and inspire them on the way to personal transformation.
Leza Lowitz is an award-winning writer and translator, and Director of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo.
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Beautiful poetry, amazing writing!2009年7月31日 - (Amazon.com)
If you don't mind using a magnifying glass, then read on2019年7月5日 - (Amazon.com)
The type is so tiny, smaller than previous copies with the exact same cover
Excellent packaging to prevent any damage during shipment2017年4月5日 - (Amazon.com)
Very timely delivery. Excellent packaging to prevent any damage during shipment. Excellent product. Met expectations as advertised.
dont bother2018年8月22日 - (Amazon.com)
i really don't like this book. i had it read to me during a yoga class but I havent used the book to teach.Not what I expected.
Lovely Book!2015年1月31日 - (Amazon.com)
It's wonderful how each pose has a distinct poem written for it! My students and I are loving this collection. Highly recommend.