Item description for Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By by Leza Lowitz & Anja Borgstrom...
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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
ISBN 1933330112 ISBN13 9781933330112
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More About Leza Lowitz & Anja Borgstrom
Leza Lowitz swriting has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, Asian Jewish Life, and Best Buddhist Writing of 2011. She has published over seventeen books, including the APALA Award winning YA novel Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, which she co-wrote with her husband, the bestselling Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, and her most recent Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras. Leza, an American, lives in Japan with her husband, Shogo Oketani. You can visit her online at lezalowitz.com."
Leza Lowitz currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By?
YOGA POEMS WINS "PEN" AWARD Apr 14, 2008
THIS BOOK RECEIVED THE PEN/OAKLAND JOSEPHINE MILES AWARD FOR BEST BOOK OF POETRY.
ALSO, PACIFIC RIM REVIEW OF BOOKS, SUMMER 2007 WROTE:
"In this beautifully written book, Leza Lowitz seeks to share the inner landscape of her yoga journey and to inspire others to take this same journey from individuation to unity...She accomplishes this by capturing the spirit of yoga with strong images and simple free verse firmly grounded in the experience of practice in mind, body, and spirit...This is not the yoga of the hip and trendy, but the yoga of a true seeker--an ordinary woman who has discovered her Self through movement, and has found acceptance and grace through allowing her body and soul to unfold with yoga. Named after yoga postures and breath work, Lowitz's poems capture the spirit of yoga again and again. In "Sutra Hasta Majoriasana (Threading the Needle)," simple yet powerful metaphor reveals the essence of the pose in body, mind and consciousness.
...untangling a knot that is my life the knot becomes my teacher...
the needle that is sharp at dawn might be broken by dusk...
The thread that is straight today doesn't know it will be knotted tomorrow.
The knot that is tangled today could be woven into gold ten years from now.
That is why I thread the needle, honoring the odds steadying my arms softening my breath working the knot, trusting.
Any reader will recognize the moment when challenges are viewed as an opportunity to learn and grow. A yoga practitioner will recall the pose and know that each moment on the yoga mat is a metaphor for life. Lowitz's words inspire us to embrace each posture as an opportunity to remain mindful of each moment, to learn and grow, and to cultivate faith."
Yoga Poems- Lines to Unfold By... is a glorious collection. These poems bring a beautiful perspective to each asana. At the end of a practice, I select a poem of an asana of focus for the day. I quietly share this with the class during relaxation, as the mind is open and the body calm. It is truely heartening to me to see the soulful, connection it often brings to the receiver.
This book is ideal to sell in your studio as well as a simple and delightful gift for anyone in your spiritual community...
laughter, love and light in Colorado
Late Blooming Yoga Practice Jan 2, 2004
As someone who came to Yoga after 60, I have found Yoga Poems:Lines to Unfold By from author Leza Lowitz inspiring! Not only has she given a beautiful voice to the asanas but she has given me the desire to go even deeper into the heart of Yoga practice. I can visualize the poses in her poetic imagery. The poems are as serene as Yoga is meant to be. I loved the illustrations and only wish that each pose had its own rather than just those introducing the various sections. Donna Mendelsohn
108 Stars for Leza Lowitz Yoga Poems!! Jul 2, 2003
This is a delightful, delicious, exquisite book. I could nibble on it all day long! Leza's Yoga Poems are lovely to read while sitting in Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose) or while eating an icecream sandwich after class. It is wonderful company if you are eating dinner alone. This books structure beautifully reflects the eight "limbs" or stages of yoga. Each inspired poem is named after an asana, (the Sanskrit term for a yoga posture), or a breathing practice. Like the other reviewers who practice yoga, I was amazed by how well Leza Lowitz captured the spirit of each asana. She has successfully united her passion for yoga with her love of poetry. The illustrations by yoga teacher and artist Anja Borgstrom are perfect. This is a magical book that also makes a most romantic present. If you are looking for a gift for the special Yogi or Yogini in your Life, or a perfect present for your teacher, I promise, this book will please them!
Suza Francina, author, "Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause" and "The New Yoga for People Over 50."
the poetry of yoga Jul 2, 2003
Yoga Poems: lines to unfold by tell the truth about more than the poses they limn; they tell about we who unfold in the poses, our moods our aspirations our whims; lines to unfold by are lines to live by; as we learn to unfold the lines as we learn to unfold the poses we unfold ourselves.