Creative Writing

Exhale What Doesn’t Serve You – Poetry

It’s #MondayMusings and this week my muse is Beats and Yoga. I’m typically not quite a yoga girl but I had a good lil’ time this weekend. The whole concept is pretty cool: relaxing and somewhat challenging yoga mixed with a DJ playing great music throughout. The yoga instructor, Jamal, had us inhaling and exhaling, squatting and planking, stretching and back bending. All the while, our DJ, Eric, played everything from Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, soca and my personal favorite, Cardi B. Ayyyyeee!

It was a great time and helped me slow down if only for an hour. Saturday was super busy for me so taking the time to relax and focus on the things in my life that make me anxious as well as the things in my life that bring me peace felt rejuvenating. All throughout the workout, Jamal would tell us to inhale what we need and then exhale what doesn’t serve us. I loved that line so I used it as inspiration for my poem today. Blame him if you don’t like it 🙂 Check out more pictures from the event below.


Exhale What Doesn’t Serve You

The middle of her body has expanded over time

Arms carry the extra folds of age

Hips shoot out from her torso, wide

Curving down into thighs that stand atop

Thick legs

It is with this body she positions herself

In warrior pose

When he tells her to exhale

She does so through full lips

The load she carries leaves through her breath

She becomes light again

Bright bright bright light






I'm Mariah. Jesus is my homie. I live in (and was raised in) the south. I am, as often as possible, actively grateful for my family because I understand their life giving power. Really dislike melodramatics. Really love reading and writing so much so that I aspire to be an author. What else?

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