Dance with Ghosts—Yoga, Ballet, Poetry = wow.

Via Julie JC Peters
on Dec 15, 2011
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The video below is a gorgeous dance called Variations on Surya Namaskara by Philip Askew and Lydia Walker, and it inspired me to write a poem, so that dance, yoga, and poetry can all hang out together here:



Dance with Ghosts

This is the way you lean on me
the way you float, and fly, and slide, and heavy on me
This is the way we walk together,
beautiful as ice forming, and as incomprehensible,
as gravity defying, in icicles, in
breakable glass, in the cold.

This is the way I stand, solid, rock still
as if you weren’t ghosting over my belly
and the fronts of my thighs, all the time
as if you weren’t clinging, and couldn’t
fly back home on gusts of wind on
days I want you to, and days I don’t.

So I move too, I must, you are
always asking me to dance and I
am always taking your hand, wishing
I knew how to do it better wishing
I could hold you up but it’s
you that lifts your palms and laughs
as if we weren’t down here struggling together

So it’s me that lifts and jumps and floats
it’s me that breaks glass, that slits open hearts,
that yells and cries and breathes and grabs your hand
its me that gives up, travels, swims, forgets
that you are just a ghost.


About Julie JC Peters

Julie (JC) Peters has been practicing yoga on and off from the tender age of 12, and it has gotten her through everything from the horrors of teenagedom to a Master’s degree in Canadian Poetry. She is a yoga teacher, spoken word poet, and writer, and teaches workshops on yoga and writing called Creative Flow. Julie also owns East Side Yoga in Vancouver with her mom, Jane.


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  2. Wow! This is so beautiful and graceful! Thank you for sharing. Sooo soothing to watch. xoxox

  3. Yogatchr says:

    Stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  4. ContentReader says:

    Thank you!… Inspiriting! and inspiring.

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  6. SSS says:

    Thank you for posting. This is truly amazing and I'm so overwhelmed after watching this. <3

  7. Sherry says:

    Such wonderful strength and grace.