Bodyboat: May Day Sensual Flow

A watery practice in turning to the senses to sail safely through high tides, with poetry by Patrick Rosal, Lucille Clifton, & Craig Santos Perez

Scorpio full moon a lil' intense for ya? This sequence is to help you sail on through, in the security of your very own body-boat. This flow takes you through a rhythmic poem about heartbreak by Patrick Rosal, with dancerly, undulating poses to get your whole body moving. Once you're alive to your senses, the movements dial down to soothing, so you can absorb a blessing by Lucille Clifton, and a short and sweet prescription for the art of peace by Craig Santos Perez.

*Available for 48 hours upon registration*


-a 60-minute sensual flow 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 sequence, 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. And isn't this the goal behind any practice?

Your Instructor

Katy Hawkins
Katy Hawkins

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.

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