Two Models of Feminine Power, with Susan Stewart & Adrienne Rich

Targeting two (of a million) possible physical locations for centering our power, with pelvic floor & solar plexus play

This intermediate-level sequence contrasts Susan Stewart's poem "The Forest Floor" with Adrienne Rich's fiery supernova imagery in "Planetarium," to posit two possibilities (of an infinite number) for locating feminine power in the body. An earthy flow focuses on pelvic floor, hips, legs, and feet, as we examine what the grounding metaphor of the forest floor offers as an interpretation of power (flexibility, multiplicity, layered truths). This work prepares the body for an explosion of backbends that radiate solar plexus fire, offering an alternate model of strength in our ability to take in, transform, and radiate truth like a supernova's explosion.

Two yoga blocks are recommended for this practice.

*available for 48 hours upon registration


-a 60-minute accessible practice guiding you through movement, breath work, and visualizations that give an embodied experience 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? I hope you'll join us!

*available for 48 hours upon registration

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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