Phenomenal Woman

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”
(~Maya Angelou)

It is with a heavy heart that I dedicate this poem to my Godmother. A most Phenomenal Woman who saw, nurtured and helped to shape the light within me. She is the driving and inspirational force behind my journey as a writer. I will miss her dearly and deeply.

More to come when my heart has been lifted. But in the meantime, love hard, love often, love without limitation. As my Godmother once told me: “Take time to love and be loved. It is a God-given gift.”

Adventures in Teaching Yoga – Who Are My Students?

“The Certified Chronicles” author’s note:

Loving this blog post by my fellow Yogi, Oneika, who I have been blessed to connect with through the power of social media. The new and/or returning students can be the hardest group of people to teach. YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) has definitely shown me this. Oneika’s post serves as a powerful reminder, as it is beginner students who I want to teach the most when I become a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). During my daily home practice, I make a point to talk through the asanas as though I were teaching someone who is brand new to the mat. Most of us in my particular training program can find this to be challenging. It’s easy and familiar to just bust into a pose as practitioners. We can sometimes forget that the smallest of cues can make the biggest difference in helping someone reach their fullest expression of an asana.

As I continue to grow in practice and teacher training, I also grow in my desire to want to share Yoga with the world. It really is a beautiful thing. Namaste. 🙂

Adventures in Teaching Yoga – Who Are My Students?.