The Gritty Sublime: an Intermediate Level Up-and-Out Flow

Holiday Detox with W.S. Di Piero and Charles Bukowski

This intermediate-level class invites a detox of all the ho-ho-holiday bullshit, to return to what’s pure in this dark, sacred time of year. The sequence is designed for intermediate practitioners craving release and whole-self renewal. Di Piero’s image of an explosion of starlings, and Bukowski’s of a horse set free to run, speak to the current of energy that flows up and out in the yogic map of the subtle body - “udana vayu.” So the overall practice begins in stasis and slowly builds internal heat in service of a cleansing release. This approach to seasonal change - a fresh slate - lifts us out of the sleepy fog and awakens fire and flight and freedom.


-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?

*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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