Confessions of an Ashtangi.

Via on Jul 27, 2012


I would like to tell you that I am the perfect yogi…1…

That my gaze never drifts from my nose…2…

That I have never lost count of which Surya Namaskara I was on…3

That I not only count every single breath…4, 5…

But also follow its entire cycle from beginning to end…inhale, exhale

That I’ve never once looked across the room to a person in a more advanced series1, 2, 3…

And thought to myself “I will never get there”…4, 5, inhale, exhale…

Or planned my day…1, 2, 3, 4

Or recounted a conversation I had…5, inhale, exhale, 1…

But this is why we call it a practice…2, 3, 4, 5….

And every day, as I move further into my program…inhale, exhale, 1, 2, 3….

The thoughts become fewer and fewer…4, 5, inhale, exhale, 1

My identity, my worries, all the things outside of myself melts away…2, 3, 4, 5, inhale, exhale

And I am left with only the sweet sound…1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

Of my breath…inhale, exhale…




Editor: Brianna Bemel

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About Sarah Ezrin

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. She is a writer and regular contributor for many publications. A background in psychology and life coaching infuse her classes, which are dynamic and alignment-based. For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures; it is about connecting to one’s brightest and most authentic Self. Life should be spent laughing with those we love and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


7 Responses to “Confessions of an Ashtangi.”

  1. Thaddeus Haas Thaddeus1 says:

    This is so sweet. Thank you.

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  2. mariavlong says:

    Just lovely. Poetry by an Ashtangi.

  3. Dearbhla Kelly Dearbhla says:

    This is great Sarah.

  4. Kimsari says:

    Great poem (and so true :))

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