It could be said that haiku is the yoga of poetry. The art of this traditionally seventeen-syllable piece rests in words that flow into a focused, present, meditative form. The beauty of yoga lies in the mind-body that flow into a focused, present, meditative form.
I like to read poetry in yoga class, weaving the heart of the quotation or stanza through our asana practice.
Today in class, we created our own words to move by. At the start of class, we took turns around the circle. Each of us listed one word that, to us, represents yoga. We moved through the warm-ups and poses, the adjectives and verbs in the air around us. Following savasana, they were turned into pure poetry:
Council on Aging Yoga Class Haiku #1:
focuses on opening,
Council on Aging Yoga Class Haiku #2:
Relax into peace,
movement brings serenity
Seventeen syllables of wisdom.