The Poetry of Yoga is a modern day collection of poetry compiled and edited by artist, poet, and yogi HawaH. This first volume is distilled from over 1,500 pages of poetry, submitted from 16 countries.
This ground breaking book is an important platform for a new body of work serving to expand the literary tradition of yoga to include the cultural perspective of the 21st century.
Featured writers in Volume 1 include: Rod Stryker, Lilias Folan, Krishna Das, Sharon Gannon, Joseph Goldstein, Sianna Sherman, Judith Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, Douglas Brooks, Chuck Miller, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Swami Ramananda, Doug Swenson, Leza Lowitz, Michael Stone, Tias Little, Climbing Poetree, and many more.
50% of ALL book sales are donated to the non-profit organization, One Common Unity. Their pioneering work brings non-violence through arts & music to inner-city youth.
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This book was an inspiration to me during my yoga teacher training. It is filled with beautiful words from so many yogis and poets. A good tool for yoga teachers in need of dharma talk ideas. Or people just looking to be touched by words.
Poetry is a way to touch the soul, heart and mind, poetry is indeed timeless, sexless, breaks cultural boundaries and brings us back to our inner self. It breaks our assumptions and opens doors mentally. This book contains over 300 poems by yogis from 19 countries. It's a pleasure to have and to read. I've gifted it to many people who have never really even practiced yoga! Because yoga is not just asana practice. This book says it clearly.
This collection formed a long-needed bridge between my passions for poetry & Yoga and my parents. While my parents were visiting, I showed them the book. To my surprise and delight my mother, who loves neither poetry nor Yoga, began flipping through it, reading some of the poems aloud, and commenting on how lovely, clear and touching they were. Finally, something accessible to broader audiences! Thank you, contributors and Hawah, for opening some doors for me and my family.
When you're a child and read Dr. Seuss, poetry becomes part of the childhood landscape. This is a playful, contemplative, whimsical, serious gateway back to that place. Rhyme or not, long or short, this collection of poems skewers the heart and spirit with a joyful edge. It's a must-have for any library! Thank you, HawaH for your vision!
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