Pisces Season with Mary Oliver

A watery flow practice exploring three fish poems, via swimming motions and low belly work

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A 60-minute guided movement flow, exploring three fish poems by Mary Oliver. Fluid, watery motions evoke an underwater feeling, as we swim through themes of container and contained as it pertains to the life cycle in "The Fish," and the stubborn, resourceful capacity of the hunted to cling to life in "Dogfish." We churn the low belly, the seat of the water element in the yogic map of the body, ultimately to recruit its power in leaping and floating and diving, like the amazing sea creatures described in "Humpbacks."

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? I hope you'll join us!

*Available for 48 hours upon registration


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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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