David Whyte and Chair Yoga
Surrendering to the support/challenge of a chair practice
David Whyte's poem "Winter Grief" invites us to give in to what is, and build some of the spiritual muscles involved in yielding. Whether you are injured or seek a more gentle build towards vigorous movement, you are sure to find support, permission, and safe challenge in chair yoga.
-a 60-minute chair yoga practice guiding you through an embodied experience of poetic language
-a music playlist lovingly chosen to capture the poem's ambiance (crafted 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, imagery, and relevance to the calendar
-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 hour after 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.