Greening the Trees with Ada Limón

An intermediate, wild-and-woolly flow sequence embodying grit, skin, and the heart's reincarnation, via two spring poems by Ada Limón.

This practice will move between two Ada Limón poems treating springtime renewal. A showy, flamboyant flow that is sure to challenge is followed with simpler backbends and hip-openers, with the intention of arriving at a more subtle awareness of the heart's ways.

Includes:

-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


Your Instructor


Katy Hawkins
Katy Hawkins

Katy Hawkins, PhD, serves as Director of Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit in Philadelphia. Originally a teacher of Comp Lit, Katy taught literature in university settings before she realized she could find everything she loved most about teaching college students outside the walls of academia. This course brings together her academic teaching with her work this last decade, teaching poetry through movement.


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