One of ways in which I begin my day is with a yoga reading of the day from a writer whose work inspires me. Usually within these meditations and yoga readings there are beautiful quotes, poems and images.

With this in mind I am creating a resource of inspirational yoga readings.

These will include:-

  • Reading
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Stories
  • Blessings
  • Prayers
  • Paintings
  • Quotes
  • Practices

This will be shared by way of a daily reflection.

Yoga Reading of the Day Menu

Timings of Yoga Readings

choice of yoga reading time

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In the beginning I plan to structure this yoga reading of the day  in the following ways dependent on the feedback that I get from readers. You can choose to read for

  • 2 minutes.
  • up to 5 minutes
  • or more.

Each inspirational yoga reading will have additional material to support the reading which will be added to as people make comments, ask questions or I find more material that I think will enhance the reading.

As from August 2019 I will be adding to this daily yoga reading list as I am able.

I am considering combining these daily yoga readings into various themes. This is so that any yoga teacher (or you personally) might use such a theme for their class series.

So as off today (22nd August 2019) I will begin posting to these scheduled daily yoga reflections. This will probably not be on a daily basis but the intention is to create a 365-day set of such yoga readings.

As off today (22nd August,2019) I plan to start with the following:-

  • Poem
  • Song
  • Reading
  • Story
  • Quote

So let me share with you the opening format of this planned yoga readings posts which will be available for anyone interested by way of the Yoga Journey for Life Community.

Sample of Yoga Reading

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A Land Not Mine, Still

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I begin this series of inspirational yoga readings by way of one off my favourite poems by Anna Akhmatova. This is from the wonderful poetry anthology Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women – Jane Hirsfield.

I just ordered a copy of this book having had a look inside at the contents on Amazon.

So to begin with you are invited to start your day with reading words that invite a connection to the inspirational within you. This way of beginning your day is part of a commitment to living a Yoga Lifestyle and practicing Yoga Life Skills.

Reading the poem, song lyric, quote, prayer, blessings or other invitation may be all that you feel you have the time for. Maybe you want more. Thus I give you more options by way of choosing to access more of the material.

I do this by way of what is called a content release facility. This is simply either by way of a Facebook like or twitter share.

This is not to keep the material from you but to not overwhelm you if all that you want to do is read a very short inspirational yoga reading.

I will test if this works for you or not and adjust the options accordingly.

Yoga Readings – 2 Minutes

2 minute selection for yoga readings

And the Air Drunk Like Wine Late Sun Lays Bare

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2 minutes read

A Land not Mine
by Anna Akhmatova

English version by Jane Kenyon

A land not mine, still
forever memorable,
the waters of its ocean
chill and fresh.

Sand on the bottom whiter than chalk,
and the air drunk, like wine,
late sun lays bare
the rosy limbs of the pine trees.

Sunset in the ethereal waves:
I cannot tell if the day
is ending, or the world, or if
the secret of secrets is inside me again.

What I really love about this poem is the lines that end, “I cannot tell if the day is ending, or the world, or if the secret of secrets is inside me again.”

For this writer this line clearly indicates that this is a spiritual poem.

When the secret of secrets is inside you again you are experiencing Yoga or Union. This is the real secret of secrets beyond the popular idea of The Secret (The Law of Attraction).

To Companion YOUR Greatness is to begin your day with the commitment to feel in alignment with the Secret of Secrets that you are.

Time (xxxx)

Opening to 5 Minute Read

5 minute yoga reading

A Different Content Locker

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So off you go into the day with a 2-minute  invitation to tuning into the Secret of Secrets. That might be all you need. There will be those of you who might like more.

For that purpose I take the lines from this poem and I share the understanding that they invoke in me. This is probably the most fun part for me. I get to reflect on the poem for myself and in doing so get to share it with other hearts and minds longing for union (Yoga).

So you might choose to read more.

The choice you then have is to open up the content to read for up to 5 minutes or more. Again the reason is to allow you to focus in the way that suits you.

If you do not have a Facebook account or Twitter account then I recommend that you join our Yoga for Life Community where I will post the whole of the content.

On this resource page I don’t have the content locker because this is by way of giving you an overview of the material that you would receive each day by way of email from the Yoga Journey for Life community.

5 Minute Yoga Reading

5 minute yoga reading example

The Stillness of a Land Not Mine

Reading 5 Minutes or More

A land not Mine still.

In this poem the poet uses the word ‘land’ as a metaphor for what the mystic Thomas Merton calls “The True Self.” This is the true YOU beyond the idea of the personal you.

You access this Land not Mine through the practice of being still.

In yoga this is done by way of Savasana. You enter the Land of Stillness by way of inner body sensing.

The Land is not yours because it is not a Land (experience) that you are ever apart from. This is the land of home coming. It is where you are aware of the Ocean of awareness.

The Ocean is in you and you are in the Ocean – Rumi

The waters of this lands Ocean are chill and fresh. This is the experience of the new. It comes not from memory but from KNOWING. It is where the chill and fresh of the Ocean are KNOWN through you.

You will not KNOW this land by way of intellectual understanding. This is why you need to be inspired by way of poetry, song, story and practice.

This is why the practice of Savasana is so very powerful. This is why the practice of Yoga Nidra is so powerful. You go into the stillness of the Land Not Mine and into inner KNOWING where you are fulfilled by the Ocean of Love.

Entering the Timeless

yoga reading for entering the timeless

Sunset in the Ethereal Waves

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Sunset in the ethereal waves:
I cannot tell if the day
is ending, or the world, or if
the secret of secrets is inside me again.

The “sunset in ethereal waves” relates to your opening of the heart chakra. The element associated with the heart chakra is ether. This is called the quintessential element. It is that element between form and the Formless.

When you are allowing of the connection to the Universal, via the heart chakra, then you will enter the realm of the Timeless. You will not be able to tell if the day is ending or the world.

When the poet writes about the ending of the world she is writing about the end of time. She is not writing about the end of the Earth as some ignorant teachings profess.

Any wisdom teaching that speaks of the end of the world is always speaking about the end of Time. This is where you enter that dimension called eternity. In Irish mythology we call this the Land of Tir Na Nog – The Land of the Forever Young.

Eternity is not a long time. Eternity is outside of time. Eternity never began and never ends.

When you are graced the KNOWING of eternity then you KNOW that the Secret of Secrets is inside you again. You know that the Secret of Secrets is YOU as the union of the personal and the Universal.

Yoga Reading Community

yoga readings for the morning

The Dawn has Secrets to Tell You – Rumi

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So that I hope gives you some idea as regards a morning yoga reading that could start your day. This is how I plan to begin this series.

As these daily yoga readings are written they will evolve.

I might add a series of practices related to a theme. The possibilities are many. I hope that you will join me in community and share in the process of making these daily yoga readings meaningful and practical for living a Yoga lifestyle.

Then you can visit A Land Not Mine where you enter the stillness and commune with Companioning YOUR Greatness.

Again it is planned that these yoga readings are shared in the Yoga Journey for Life Community. The reason being that I do not wish to have the blog section of this website filled ONLY with 2 to 5-minute yoga readings.

I am drawn to start recording this material and to that end I have agreed to rent a small room in the Arts Centre in our local village of Dowra. I suspect that I might also add this material to my YouTube Channel.

Therefore, if you would like to make this daily practice part of your day then the only way it will be available is via the Community other than by way of those I will add to YouTube.

The advantage of joining the Yoga Journey for Life community is that you will

  • Have available mp3 recordings for download.
  • Have available pdf files for printing out.
  • Meet with likeminded people committed to a Yoga Lifestyle.
  • Learn Key Yoga Life Skills for inviting the Secret of Secrets inside you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this resource page. It is much appreciated.

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Tony Cuckson

Writer - Storyteller - Musician at Yoga Journey for Life
Writer of Awakening the Heart - 21 Ways for Following Love's Message. Also author of Being Beautiful - Learning to Treasure the REAL YOU. Workshop Leader in Learning to Companion YOUR Greatness.
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