Yoga Pose and Poetry Pairings

Poetry and yoga both emphasize slowing down, cultivating a greater awareness, and taking time to reflect. In fact, if you’re a poetry reader and yogi, you may find it natural and inspiring to read poetry before or after your practice. With these pairings, we’ve taken it one step further—matching some of the most beloved yoga poses with poems that carry the same ideas and spirit. Leaning into one poem and one pose can give you time to focus on its details and find a deeper stillness. 

 

Tree pose and “Tree At My Window” by Robert Frost

Watch this guide to tree pose to learn how to add it to your flow:

 

 

Tree pose is all about balance. The yogi stands on one leg with the other leg resting against their calf, knee, or inner -thigh. From there, the yogi can bring their hands to a prayer position in front of their chest, or expand their arms outward above their head to further embody—or grow—their tree. 

 

Finding this level of balance relies on a lot of inner -strength, specifically in the legs and core. Some days this might be easy to channel, while other days yogis will sway, wobble, or fall out of the pose altogether—which is all part of the process. 

 

In Robert Frost’s “Tree At My Window,” Frost writes about the connection between humans and nature that this pose strives to emulate: “Tree at my window, window tree, / My sash is lowered when night comes on; / But let there never be curtain drawn / Between you and me.” Similarly, Frost reflects on how both trees and humans can go through periods of imbalance, and how having a spiritual practice—such as yoga or spending time in nature—can provide comfort in turbulent times. “But tree, I have seen you taken and tossed, / And if you have seen me when I slept, / You have seen me when I was taken and swept, / And all but lost.”

 

Mountain pose and “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Watch this guide to mountain pose to learn how to add it to your flow:

 

 

Mountain pose often begins and ends flows, with the yogi standing tall with their hands at their sides or above their head. 

 

This is a confident pose and one that can help yogis realize their own power. As its name indicates, anyone in this pose resembles a mountain: sturdy, upright, and aware of their own alignment. While this pose can seem deceptively easy, it involves strength and a deep focus on posture. Similarly, the bold and determined confidence at the center of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” may seem innate, but developing self-love is a disciplined and radical daily practice.

 

“Just like moons and like suns, / With the certainty of tides, / Just like hopes springing high, / Still I’ll rise,” writes Angelou. 

 

Child’s pose and “The Child’s Faith Is New” by Emily Dickinson

Watch this guide to child’s pose to learn how to add it to your flow:

 

 

Child’s pose is often the first pose people learn in yoga, as well as the one they return to when they need to rest during a flow. This pose provides comfort and a return to a beginner’s mind. To recuperate in child’s pose, sit on your heels and rest your forehead against your mat or the floor. For an extended child’s pose, maintain the same position but stretch your arms above your head. 

 

This position is a return to simplicity and youthfulness, just as Emily Dickinson writes about in “The Child’s Faith Is New.” She illustrates a sense of play and innocence: “The Child’s faith is new– / Whole–like His Principle– / Wide–like the Sunrise / on fresh Eyes–/ Never had a Doubt / Laughs.”

 

Warrior 1, 2, and 3 and “I Want” by Jordan Jace

Watch this guide to the warrior poses to learn how to add them to your flow:

 

 

Though yoga often focuses on finding inner -peace and serenity, it can also help build the courage, hope, and stamina that empower people to fight for social change. The warrior poses, a series of lunging and standing positions that often lead into each other, can be more intense and actively cultivate strength. It’s common for people to struggle through these poses or get tired at first—the same way that organizing for change can be exhausting, but also rewarding and necessary. The warrior poses offer an opportunity to consider what’s worth fighting for and how to reach a goal.

 

In Jordan Jace’s “I Want,” they put forth a revolutionary vision and a call to action, as well as interweave the personal and the political. “I want to clean my room every week / and make my bed and put peppermint in my hair / to stop needing my inhalers / and to inhale solidarity, and to eat the rich, / I want to eat the rich, to cancel the rents, / to know my neighbors, and to know my neighbors / are safe,” writes Jace. “I want to move like water, to move / from unity to struggle to unity, / to have no perfect world we haven’t fought for.”

 

Looking for more ways to connect poetry with relaxation, self-care, and spirituality? Check out our round-up of poems to pair with your meditation practice.

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Baa Baa Black Sheep + More Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs – CoComelon

A new compilation video, including one of our most recent songs, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”!
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2:33 Are We There Yet?
5:04 Balloon Car Race
9:30 The Sharing Song
13:01 Sorry, Excuse Me
16:55 Wheels on the Bus
20:27 Happy Birthday Song
22:38 Baby Shark 2
24:48 The Duck Hide and Seek Song
27:35 Three Little Pigs
30:45 The Hiccup Song
32:57 Are You Sleeping

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Sporty Stanzas: 4 Poetry Collections About Athletes

Sports and athleticism might not seem to have much in common with poetry, but the surprising similarities add up. Both rely on creating a sense of tension or setting the stakes, both incorporate a sense of movement and rhythm, and both play with opposing forces—whether that means two different teams or some well-executed juxtaposition. It turns out that many poets have picked up on these like-minded energies, bringing sports themes to the forefront of their collections. Dive into these books to explore this competitive connection.

 

1. Joe DiMaggio Moves Like Liquid Light by Loren Broaddus 

 

Inspired by the author’s love for baseball, Joe DiMaggio Moves Like Liquid Light reveals how sports become a lens through which to understand and contemplate broader issues, including politics, race, and history. Loren Broaddus uses the baseball stadium as his setting and fills his debut collection with prominent players, but considers the game to be a metaphor for so much more. Nostalgic and family-oriented readers will also appreciate the book for how it reflects on baseball’s role as a deep, time-honored tradition. 

 

2. Fighting Is Like a Wife by Eloisa Amezcua 

 

Sports can also be a topic through which to examine heavy concepts like pain, brutality, and loss, all of which appear at the heart of Eloisa Amezcua’s ambitious, highly visual collection Fighting Is Like a Wife. The frenetic and ever-shifting forms of these multimodal poems mirror the way boxers move and take up space, paying tribute to the famous athlete at the center of Amezcua’s latest book: top-performing boxer Bobby Chacon. These poems, which beautifully blend gentleness and volatility, are not only about Chacon’s career, but also about how it affected his health and first marriage. 

 

3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 

 

The Crossover has won honors like the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award for its pivotal and influential role in introducing poetry to teenagers and young adults. The popular novel in verse chronicles the story of 12-year-old Josh Bell’s incredible athletic ability, showcasing how basketball helps him to form bonds, appreciate his family, and find his voice. 

 

4. Gym Bras by Crystal Stone

 

Made up of poems with titles like “Chest Day,” “Leg Day,” and “Back & Booty Day,” it quickly becomes evident that Gym Bras—the third collection from confessional feminist poet Crystal Stone—centers around the sport of weightlifting. Throughout the collection, Stone questions what it means to work out and occupy the space of a gym as a woman, taking the reader on a journey through athleisure, body dysmorphia, and more. Stone’s multi-faceted poems indicate that the gym can be both a toxic space and an empowering space, as well as a setting in which to engage with and push back against systems like sexism and fatphobia. 

 

Wanting to explore more unexpected threads between poetry and other art forms? Check out Read Poetry’s roundup of poets who are also successful musicians.

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IF by Rudyard Kipling (A Life Changing Poem)

Rudyard Kipling was a prolific poet, novelist and journalist and one of the most well-known Victorian writers of his time. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his great body of work which included ‘The Jungle Book’ and his enduring poetic masterpiece ‘If’.

In perhaps one of the most inspirational poems ever written, Kipling outlines for his son the behaviours and attitudes it takes to become a man, advising his son about how to perceive the world and life’s challenges so that he can both learn from his experiences and resolutely overcome barriers.

This poem is one of our favourites and we hope you find our rendition of it worthy of the words.

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Poetry and Music Pairings: Harry Styles Edition

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Harry Styles’s latest album, Harry’s House, is already breaking records: The album sold more vinyl copies than any other in the past three decades. And fans have streamed it on Spotify more than 240 million times. With Harry’s House, which Styles released in late May, the beloved artist builds upon the success of earlier breakout hits like “Watermelon Sugar” and “Sign of the Times,” similarly taking listeners on a journey of highs and lows, depicting infatuation, seduction, and loneliness. Fans love Styles’s music for its sense of intimacy and whimsy, characteristics they’ll also appreciate in these three poetry collections. 

 

1. Harry Styles and 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse by Karyna McGlynn

 

 

When Styles released his self-titled debut album, fans and reviewers quickly noted the influence of Britpop and—more specifically—nods to the 1970s and 1980s. Karyna McGlynn’s latest collection, 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse, harkens back to the same time period, leaning into the flamboyance and psychedelia that Styles’s work has come to embody. Like Harry Styles, Glynn’s 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse—which pays tribute to another iconic musician—discovers how the past can creatively shape the present. 

 

2. Fine Line and I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman

 

 

Despite the chart-topping success of joyful, standout singles like “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You,” Fine Line is Styles’s breakup album. Inspired by the end of a relationship and filled with what Styles’s called his “toughest, most soulful” material, Fine Line shows someone lingering in a reflective, vulnerable state, revisiting every moment from a past relationship. Tatiana Ryckman’s I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do), a collection of confessional prose poetry, occupies this same mindset. Ryckman chronicles both the big moments—like fights and ill-fated calls to an ex—alongside the small, like depicting what it’s like to go to the grocery store or walk through the park while heartbroken. 

 

3. Harry’s House and Home: 100 Poems

 

 

As its title suggests, Harry’s House is meant to evoke the concepts of home, daily routine, and domesticity. Styles summed up the album with this question: “It’s a day in my house, what do I go through?” Following this theme, the album leads listeners through many different rooms—all relating to different emotions and experiences. The anthology Home: 100 Poems also explores what home means, looking at the space and concept through the eyes of a diverse range of poets. 

 

Looking for more poetry and music pairings? Check out our Taylor Swift edition.

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