Why Karen Shows Up - A Poem

Childhood had me doing impressive gymnastic stunts on a mat

But yoga poses have replaced them curling up my back like a cat.

I enjoy inner peace holding poses at my own pace,

Surrounded by others who don't make it a race.

Breathing sounds in the room are that of ocean,

My intention is filled with thoughts of devotion.

Calming voice instructions, gentle hands on, maybe a chant,

Help me maintain focus so I don't believe in "I can't."

Grounding my feet to the earth gives me a sense of place,

so I show up on my mat because it's "MY" personal space!

- by Karen Steigerwald