Saluting the Spheres & Star-Stuff
A fresh "take" on classical sun and moon salutes, through the mind of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's "Body Systems"
A balance of sun and moon salutes, bowing to the source of all life - with a special twist! Here we worship the celestial star-stuff as it expresses itself in human form: the miracle, and delicacy, and intricate magic of the human body. Each salutation from the lens of a distinct body system, as understood by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's school of "Body-Mind Centering." Sprinkle in a little Anne Cushman and - presto. Prepare to plug into the light!
-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 poetic language that you can hold on to (or, if you're a teacher, one you can share)! When we linger with words 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 language lives there, it pops 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 48 hours upon registration
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.