Autumn Geese: Wendell Berry and David Whyte
Engaging with flight (open-armed balances), finding direction (floating airtime in transitions), and intuitive listening (restorative heart-openers)
What is the internal compass holding us to our way? This class moves through graceful, expansive balances and transitions with a panoply of bird-themed poses, and ultimately lands us in heart-opening shapes that help us listen within, for the directive of our own true north. If you're looking for balancing and inspiration, this practice is for you.
-a 60-minute yoga-based practice guiding you through an embodied exploration of poetic language
-a music playlist lovingly chosen to capture the poem's ambiance (crafted to match the arc of the physical practice, so you can choose to practice with music)
-a link to the poetry, and a short reflection capturing the most striking phrases, themes, and imagery.
-a distilled skeleton of the sequence (poses, breath exercises, and visualizations) for your reference
In an embodied approach to language, the goal is to generate a spontaneous, authentic experience of a poem that you can hold on to (or, if you're a teacher, one you can share)! When we linger with poems not with our rational "thinky" brain, but with a more primal gut layer of our being, we can absorb their truth and beauty deeper into the psyche. When poems live there, they pop up more regularly in our everyday lives, suffusing our days with new meaning and presence.
*Available for 48 hours upon registration
Katy Hawkins, PhD, is a professor at Bryn Mawr College, Creator of Moving Poetics, and Director of Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit in Philadelphia. Moving Poetics courses represent the culmination of her 27 years of teaching, in universities (Comp Lit and Gender and Queer Studies) and in her work of the last decade, teaching poetry through somatics. This cutting edge pedagogical inroad to critical thinking incorporates the urgent need for mind/body integration among students today.