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Yoga Quotes and Poems. Snippets of wisdom.

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Here are some quotes and poems you will have heard in class. They are snippets of wisdom which relate to our Yoga practices.

“It’s Yoga practice, Not Yoga perfect”

The Listeners

"Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grass
Of the forest's ferny floor;
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller's head:
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
"Is there anybody there?" he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller's call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
'Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:--
"Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word," he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup.
By Walter De La Mare

On the day I die a lot will happen.
A lot will change.
The world will be busy.

On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended.
The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.
The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me.
All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.

The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore.
They will be unable to touch me.
The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.
All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.

My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always been anyway.
Every superficial worry about my body that I ever labored over;
my waistline or hairline or frown lines, will fade away.
My carefully crafted image, the one I worked so hard to shape for others here, will be left to them to complete anyway.
The sterling reputation I once struggled so greatly to maintain will be of little concern for me anymore.

All the small and large anxieties that stole sleep from me each night will be rendered powerless.
The deep and towering mysteries about life and death that so consumed my mind will finally be clarified in a way that they could never be before while I lived.
These things will certainly all be true on the day that I die.

Yet for as much as will happen on that day, one more thing that will happen.
On the day I die, the few people who really know and truly love me will grieve deeply.
They will feel a void.
They will feel cheated.
They will not feel ready.
They will feel as though a part of them has died as well.
And on that day, more than anything in the world they will want more time with me.
I know this from those I love and grieve over.

And so knowing this, while I am still alive I’ll try to remember that my time with them is finite and fleeting and so very precious—and I’ll do my best not to waste a second of it.

I’ll try not to squander a priceless moment worrying about all the other things that will happen on the day I die,
because many of those things are either not my concern or beyond my control.

Friends, those other things have an insidious way of keeping you from living even as you live;
for your attention, competing for your affections. They rob you of the joy of this unrepeatable, uncontainable, ever-evaporating Now with those who love you and want only to share it with you.

Don’t miss the chance to dance with them while you can.
It’s easy to waste so much daylight in the days before you die.

Don’t let your life be stolen every day by all that you believe matters,
on the day you die, much of it simply won’t.

Yes, you and I will die one day.
But before that day comes: let us live.- John Pavlovitz

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The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.- Wendell Berry

“Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” – Max Strom

“It is an obsession in our modern society to focus on appearance, presentation and packaging.
We do not ask ourselves how am I really but how do I look or how do others see me.

It is not a question of “What am i saying? But “How do I sound?” There are those who for example perform well polished highly attractive yogasana.
They are pleased with this and with themselves.
I was when occasions demanded a performer and an artist but in my own personal practice I was concerned only to learn,to challenge and explore inwardly.
When yoga is only outward facing, exhibitative and self gratifying it is not yoga at all. When appearance is more important to us than content, we can be sure we have taken a wrong turning.” — BKS Iyengar. Light on Life, p. 175

”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:
I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.” Brené Brown

“Hatha yoga teaches us to breathe when things are intense, to soften where we are hard and to strengthen where we are weak. It shows us how to bend and how to be steady, how to aspire and how to accept”. – Christine Sell. Yoga From the Inside Out

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning we have a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all. Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it’s furniture, still treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. Rumi

“The best path of life is not just surviving but thriving with passion and compassion, humour and style, generosity and kindness”. Maya Angelou

All of us consider ourselves failures of some kind, screw-ups in some arena important to us. We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide examples for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being.” James Hollis

“The supreme adventure in a persons life is his journey back to his creator. To reach the goal he needs well-developed and coordinated functioning of his body, senses, mind, reason and self”. BKS Iyengar

“At the heart of each of us, whatever your imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, a complex of wave forms and resonances, which is absolutely individual a unique and yet which connects us to everything in the universe. The act of getting in touch with this pulse can transform our personal experience and in come way alter the word around us”. George Leonard.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou

93 Percent Stardust -Nikita Gill

We have calcium in our bones,
Iron in our veins,
Carbon in our souls,
And nitrogen in our brains.
93 percent stardust,
With souls made of flames
We are all just stars
With people names

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Namaste

I honour the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honour the place in you which is love, truth, light and peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, Then together we are one.

“I don’t want to be afraid of bright colours, or new sounds, or big love, or risky decisions, or strange experiences, or weird endeavours, or sudden changes, or even failure”. E Gilbert

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived”. Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”. Mark Twain.

“In order to see, you have to stop being in the middle of the picture”.