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