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Thousands of Years of Prayers

poems by Julie Dunlop

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Has someplace faraway ever called to you relentlessly, beckoning you to explore? Journey across time and space with the poems in Thousands of Years of Prayers to India. Written as letters and invocations to River Gaṅgā, the poems in Thousands of Years of Prayers join an ancient tradition of poetry flowing from River Gaṅgā’s grace. The journey that unfolds is both individual and universal as time and space dissolve in inexplicable ways in the abiding presence of River Gaṅgā. Flowing with prāṇa, the poems invite us into a sacred awareness of the ephemeral nature of life and the divinity that is born when we embrace each moment, each breath, each step of the journey as fully as possible with gratitude, surrender, and faith.

POETRY / General

ISBN: 978-1-956056-68-6 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2022952191

Copyright 2023; released March 28, 2023

142 pages; 11 full-color photographs

Author Biography

Julie Dunlop is a poet, an author, and a teacher of yoga, Āyurveda, and writing. Her book Ocean of Yoga: Meditations on Yoga and Āyurveda for Balance, Awareness, and Wellbeing, was published by Singing Dragon in London in 2017 and offers a mixture of prose and poetry. Her second book, Honoring the Light in You (Finishing Line Press, 2022) is a collection of poems sharing stories of yoga in daily life. Dunlop’s previous chapbook publications include Breath, Bone, Earth, Sky (2014) and Bending Back the Night (2012). Her poetry has been published in many national journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The Threepenny Review, Poet Lore, North Carolina Literary Review, South Dakota Review, Atlanta Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Appalachian Heritage. Additionally, her prose has appeared in the Ayurveda Journal of Health, Radiologic Technology, JAMA, Appalachian Heritage, and Wake Forest Magazine. Dunlop has taught daily yoga classes in the weeklong wellbeing program (Pañcakarma) at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico for five years, and she enjoys sharing pathways to wellbeing with the community through classes and workshops; she is certified through Yoga Alliance as a yoga teacher (RYT 500 + E-RYT 200) and through the National Ayurvedic Medical Association as an Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP). In 2019, she traveled to India to experience the birthplace of yoga and Āyurveda and to deepen her studies of Āyurveda at Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda (VIOA). She also holds a BA in English from Wake Forest University and an MA in English from the University of New Mexico. With gratitude, she integrates the ancient wisdom of yoga and Āyurveda into her writing, supporting the harmony of body, mind, and spirit at the heart of wellbeing.


“A river is a constant continuous flow of eternity that is moving moment to moment in the eternal present. Thousands of Years of Prayers will unfold the journey of the inner river of life in the divine presence. This book of poetry is coming from the love of eternity and the river of moment to moment awareness where no thoughts or feelings can enter the mind. It is truly the river of no mind.”
Dr. Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in the United States and Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda (VIOA) in India, author of Strands of Eternity and the Textbook of Ayurveda series

“Julie Dunlop’s poems in Thousands of Years of Prayers flow and change like the river itself, swirling with fresh impressions upon multiple readings. This illuminating collection of poems, composed as a series of letters or songs to India’s River Ganga, displays a deeply profound awareness of the river’s metaphysical and metaphoric powers inspired by the poet’s experiences. The poems engage the reader with sensory imagery combining both raw and reverent sights, holy and horrific sounds, fragrant and decaying smells, and bitter and savory tastes, all resounding with holistically healing spiritual revelations that give pause for musing on the timeless harmony and equanimity of death and life personified in the mighty river’s flow. Thousands of Years of Prayers synthesizes East with West, ancient with modern, art with science, and the physical world with metaphysical transcendence. Dunlop’s exquisite meditations on body, mind, and spirit can be read over and over again as rejuvenating vehicles of healing.
Patrick Houlihan, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English; poet and musician

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