Changing Times: Daylight Savings + Pandemic Anniversary
Playing with Pacing and Poetic Language by Margaret Hasse, Jane Hirshfield + Barbara Kingsolver
This practice is appropriate for all bodies, accessible to anyone, from those who have never done yoga before, to advanced practitioners looking to click the "refresh" button on familiar poses. The sequences dials down from free-wheeling, loose movement to an ant's pace, to stabilize and calm the body/mind. We'll enter the practice via poetry about springing forward by Margaret Hasse. After dropping down through Jane Hirshfield's poem marking the first day of 2020's lockdown phase, we'll close with a meditation by Barbara Kingsolver. Expect to emerge calm and clear.
-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. And isn't this the goal behind any practice?
*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.