What yoga pose would Shakespeare love?

No one is sure about William Shakespeare’s birthday, but it’s usually celebrated on April 23.

1564 to 1616

1564 to 1616

I’m a huge Shakespeare fan. Twelfth Night is my  favourite. One item on my bucket list is seeing every play he wrote – performed live. I’m making progress and giddy that I will cross King John off my list when it’s performed as part of the 2014 Stratford Festival.

What kind of a yogi would Shakespeare be?

At 21, he had a wife and three children to support. He left for London to pursue fame and fortune. As an actor, poet and writer of scripts, he amassed enough prosperity to buy the second-largest home in his birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon. He became financially secure through his real estate holdings and financial interests in London.

Crow credit @YogaAnywhere

credit @YogaAnywhere

Clearly an adventurer and a go-getter, I see Shakespeare as a Vinyasa fan. This vigorous yoga practice moves with the breath. Five rounds of Surya Namaskara A, followed by Plank, Crow and Wheel could clear Will’s mind for writing.

And, his writing shares yogic themes. Many of Shakespeare’s characters seek answers and change.

How do humans change and grow? In Twelfth Night, the heroine Viola is shipwrecked and without identity. She must quickly assume a boy’s identity to survive and by the play’s end she is not the only one transformed!

What does it mean to live a meaningful and authentic life? In Hamlet, Polonius says, “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”. In the 21st century, finding out how to be our true selves is more relevant than ever.

I came to yoga and yoga teacher training to heal and find personal change. Neither has disappointed me. For thousands of years, yogis have come to their mat, practiced and pondered life, authenticity and how to find joy.

birthday cake
Happy Birthday William Shakespeare! Namasté


About Kalene

yoga practitioner and teacher; crossword puzzle fan; mom, sister, aunt, friend, professor and believer in karma
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2 Responses to What yoga pose would Shakespeare love?

  1. Colette says:

    Accountability check in: how is the daily practise going? I will join you. for the rest of your thirty days. Know that each day I am deciding not to decide to not do it. How is it going? I’m checking out some of your links. You are inspiring me to inspire me. Were you the one that wrote about Lady Gaga saying that all she needs in life are two things: lipstick and yoga? Love ya. c. I had a wonderful release in downward dog today. After a few, I could feel a significant aha moment when the backs of my legs – all along the length, simply relaxed and deeply stretched out. Wonderful. Doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it feels thrilling and satisfying.


    • Kalene says:

      The daily practice is going okay. I have missed a few days of yoga. I started the 30-day challenge on April 8 and have missed three days so far. Still struggling with a home practice though. Most days I go to the studio because I like the community.


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