Heart Histories: a Heart Opening Practice

A deep dive into our "heart histories" with Robert Pinsky, to tap into the power of the pumping human heart

A 60-minute heart-opening practice, exploring Robert Pinsky's poem "History of my Heart," available for 48 hours after purchase. This class is an invitation into the deep dive of this dark time, with all its potential for familial sweetness (and pain). Going into our heart history isn’t always easy, but Pinsky’s nostalgic mode might help us trust that there’s a reservoir of love shored up somewhere in us that we can call upon to give and spread.

*available for 2 days after purchase


-a Spotify playlist lovingly chosen to capture the poem's ambiance, carefully crafted match the arc of the physical practice, so you can choose to practice with music)

-a link to the poem, with a short reflection capturing its most striking phrases or images

-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?

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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