This page invites you to learn a new language through yoga songs, poetry and story. This is the language of the heart. In order to live an authentic Yoga Lifestyle you need to understand this heart focused language and its powerful and magical invitation to transformation.
This language for the Yoga Journey is shared here through a unique combination of:-
- Yoga Songs.
- Yoga Poems and
- Yoga Stories.
These songs, poems and stories share the language of:-
- Myth and magic.
- Paradox and Riddle.
So to assist in this language of heart centred learning I list a menu that you can explore as follows:-
Menu of Songs, Poems and Stories
- The Yoga Connection?
- Uplifting Yoga Playlist.
- The Poetry of Yoga.
- Yoga Mythology Stories.
- Yoga Words of Inspiration
Please note that these various lists of yoga songs, poems, stories are being added to on a regular basis. I list those that, at this moment in time, I intend to explore in more detail.
So let us look at what Yoga heart songs, mystical poems and mythic storytelling invite.
The Yoga Connection
The word ‘Yoga’ derives from the word ‘yoke’ – meaning “to join.”
Listening to Yoga songs is done with one clear intention. This is to invite remembrance of the connection to what the Sufi’s call the Beloved. It is to invoke a FEELING response of unification and connection.
What is connected is the experience of:-
- The personal with the universal.
- Time with the Timeless.
- Form with the Formless.
- Matter with Spirit.
In reality these are never separate but for most everyone on this planet the experience is primarily of a felt sense of personal self. Living a Yoga Lifestyle has as its primary intention living from a feeling sense of sacred unity.
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So let me list some of the songs that I will be sharing detailed reflections on. I will be calling these “Lyrical Reflections.” These are songs I also call “Heartsongs.”
These are not to be confused with devotional chants that are connected to the Path of Bhakti Yoga which are referred to as Kirtan (devotional singing) These songs are mostly Eastern in origin and often sung in the language of Sanskrit.
I love the practice of Kirtan but my focus here is on modern Western, rock, pop and folk song. The songs listed reflect my age and my musical tastes.
You will have your own list of heart songs. One way of incorporating a Yoga Lifestyle is to explore, through journaling, the deeper meaning that the lyrics of you heartsongs mean for you.
Yoga Songs Playlist
The list of songs as presented here are not listed in any order of importance or preference. This list has simply come off the top of my head/heart. I start of with a list of 10 of my most favourite yoga songs.
Uplifting Yoga Playlist.
- Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel
- Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol.
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin.
- Country Roads – John Denver
- Higher Love – Steve Winwood.
- Give a Little Love – Noah and the Whale.
- Listen to the Lion – Van Morrison
- Silver Lining – David Gray
- Silent Fellowship – The Waterboys
- Amazing Grace – The Animals.
So this is a kind of planned yoga playlist to begin with. It will expand as I explore the lyrics of other heart songs.
The Poetry of Yoga
Here is a list of poetry for yoga that invites you into the heart of who you are created to be. This kind of poetry is that sweet moon language that every other eye in the world is longing to hear. These poems invite you to meet again the one who has loved you all your life and KNOWS you by heart.
Poetry of Yoga Listing
- Love after Love – Derek Walcott.
- That Sweet Moon Language – Hafiz of Shiraz
- Vacillation IV – W. B. Yeats.
- The Bright Field –R. S. Thomas
- Presence – Norman Mccraig.
- Summer Day – Mary Oliver.
- Pegasus – Patrick Kavanagh
- A Road not Taken – Robert Frost.
- A Star Without a Name – Rumi
You could take any one of the above poems and explore what the lines mean for you.
Finally there are the mythological stories that really do speak to the heart of who you are and why you are.
Yoga Mythology Stories
List of Yoga Mythology Stories
- The Four Treasures.
- Didnafitin the Square Dragon
- The Fall of Sionnan
- Skeleton Woman.
- The Crescent Moon Bear
- We Are All One
- There is a Way Out.
- The Fall of Icarus.
- The Stolen Child.
- The Golden Tree.
These stories are stories that take you beyond the attachment to the intellect. They combine imagination, paradox, riddle magic and the invitation to beyond belief.
Myths are stories that human beings have told from the dawn of history. Myths are the language of deep inner mysteries that explore deep inner problems that cannot be solved by the intellect. Myths are not just more information but the symbolic language of transformation.
These yoga mythic stories support the search of meaning – the primary meaning being the direct experience of union which heals the primary cause of suffering both individually and collectively.
The earliest storytellers were magi, seers, bards, griots, shamans. They were, it would seem, as old as time, and as terrifying to gaze upon as the mysteries with which they wrestled. They wrestled with mysteries and transformed them into myths which coded the world and helped the community to live through one more darkness, with eyes wide open and hearts set alight. – Ben Okri
Yoga Inspirational Words
Together with yoga song lyrics, poetry for yoga and mythological stories for finding meaning and purpose you are given a smorgasbord of inspirational words. You are invited to give wine, give bread and feast on your life (Love after Love).
These words are not just your everyday words. They come from sharing experiences that are central to living your one wild and precious life (The Journey). They are signposts pointing the way to the realization of the Secret of Secrets inside you.
They allow you to be driven by the stronger pull of what you love and allow the beauty that you are to be what you do (Rumi). They invite you to find the Four Treasures within and awaken your inner Beauty asleep in the tower of the personal sense of self.
Let these inspirational words from modern day lyricists, mystical poets and mythological storytellers point you toward the primary task of life. This is that task of union – yoga. Let these yoga inspirational words be the beginning of living a true Yoga Lifestyle.