If Dr. Seuss had Been a Yogi.

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(To Be Read In the Rhythm of “Green Eggs and Ham”.)

Hello there, Yogi!

Namaste.
Would you like to go to yoga today?

No thank you, I am very tired
I slept so poorly… was up late, wired.

Ah, I see, but don’t you know?
Yoga calms the senses, helps you let go.
It reduces anxiety and stress
Helps you quiet the mind and worry less.

Yes, I know… But not today,
I do not want to. Namaste.

Would you, could you, here at home?
No need to go out, just sit down and say “Om.”
Take a deep breath in, then let it out slow…
Pranayama helps you feel good, you know.

Yes, I know… But not today,
I just don’t feel like it. Namaste.

Outside! Perhaps some yoga outdoors?
Greet the sun and make the practice yours!

I do not want to practice yoga today!
I do not want to! Namaste!

How about with a friend? Quick, call one up!
You can strengthen and lengthen and partner up!

I do not want to call a friend.
I do not want to twist or bend.
I don’t want to practice yoga today!
I do not want to. Namaste.

I know! How about yoga on the beach?
Sand under your toes, as you stretch and reach!
Ocean breeze upon your cheeks,
As you work your core—those abs and obliques!

Are you not listening to what I say?
No yoga for me, not today.
Not on the beach, and not under the sun.
Not with a friend, not with anyone!
Not by myself at home on my mat
I just don’t want to, and that is that.

But yoga makes you feel so strong!
Heart is open and muscles long!
I know you’re tired, and grumpy too,
But yoga is the thing to do
To lift your spirit and your mood
You’ll have a better attitude!

Okay! Since you refuse to quit,
I guess I can practice… a little bit.
I will unroll my mat and see
What a little asana does for me…

Say! Breathing does help me relax!
I’ll just do a few more minutes, max.
These forward bends feel pretty good
They release my back, so I guess they should.

Maybe just one downward dog,
My head feels clear now, no more fog!
I’ll glide to plank and lower down
I’m really feeling better now!

Sun Salutations and Warrior Two
My blood is pumping and flowing through
My body strong, my mind is still
I’m feeling centered, zen and chill.

I’m so glad I practiced yoga today!
The light in me sees the light in you…
Namaste.

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Yoli Ramazzina is a California girl, born & raised. She is a poet, a dreamer at heart, and has been writing since she was 9 years old. Yoli is also a music lover and a retired KXLU deejay. These days she spends her time writing and practicing yoga. Things that make her heart happy include: her family, the wag of her dogs’ tails, the smell of rain, good music, and good friends.

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anonymous Mar 4, 2016 8:40am

This. Is. Perfect.

<3

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 8:20pm

Very clever and cute– and oh so true!

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm

Yoli,
This is brilliant. A clever tribute to the late Dr. Seuss, and creative writing to boot. Thanks for the giggle and the inspiration to practice yoga today, even though I don't want to.
Namaste,
Sandy

    anonymous Dec 9, 2013 12:06pm

    Thank you so much for the compliment, Sandy :o)
    I'm so happy I was able to make you giggle and inspire you!

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 2:19pm

Love it!
Would love to post it in my Yoga room!

    anonymous Dec 9, 2013 12:05pm

    Do it, Sarah! Thank you! 🙂

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 10:10am

Love it!

    anonymous Dec 6, 2013 10:55am

    Thanks so much, rebexxxy! :]

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 8:31am

That was the cutest yoga poem EVER!! Thank you for sharing, Namaste :)))

    anonymous Dec 6, 2013 10:53am

    Thank you, Brandi! Namaste 🙂

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 7:44am

I am going to print this out and put it up in the spot I do my home practice. This is wonderful!

    anonymous Dec 6, 2013 10:53am

    myhotboxkitchen, That is such a compliment, thank you! So glad you enjoyed it, namaste 🙂

anonymous Dec 6, 2013 12:05am

I don't know the Green Eggs and Ham rhythm but I really loved this post Yoli!

    anonymous Dec 6, 2013 10:55am

    Thank you, neelthemuse! U gotta check out Green Eggs & Ham sometime :}
    ~Namaste~

anonymous Dec 5, 2013 11:52pm

love it

    anonymous Dec 6, 2013 10:54am

    Thank you so much, liz! 🙂

Maria Squitieri Chassen Sep 15, 2016 10:10pm

Love love love this!