The Poetry of Yoga: Exploring Poetry through Movement
A Year of Aligning Poems with Movement Sequences
Great for yogis looking to enliven a home practice, or for teachers looking for inspiration planning classes, this course formalizes a unique approach to teaching the embodied exploration of poetic language.
Sign up to receive a full year of weekly entries, each of which offers a practical, user-friendly "way in" to a poem via the body.
Each week you'll find:
-a poem carefully selected for its seasonal relevance or a moment on the calendar
-a short, distilled paragraph capturing its most striking phrases or images
-a methodical progression of physical practices (movements, breath exercises, and visualizations) related to the poem's themes, designed to be accessible to all ages and bodies. Each sequence follows an arc from grounding, building to more active movement, resolving to a period of quieting, and closing with meditation or contemplation.
-a music playlist lovingly chosen to create the ambiance of the poem's vibe (for lack of a better or equally musical term). The order of songs is carefully crafted match the arc of the physical practice.
I've found that in an embodied approach to language, less is more. We can only take in so much if it's going into the bones. I've tried to pare down the reflection on each poem to what is digestible, and each somatic progression or sequence is designed to offer a skeletal core to be fleshed out in your own private time on the mat, or in your one-in-a-bazillion yoga class. Here, you're invited to play - to modify, embellish, and cut-and-paste at will. 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!
Katy Hawkins serves as Director of Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit in Philadelphia. Originally a teacher of Comp Lit, Katy taught literature for ten years in university settings before she realized she could find everything she loved most about teaching college students outside the walls of academia. For the past dozen years she has instead taught poetry in mind/body classes, workshops, and retreats - barefoot, with no need to give grades! You can find out more about Shiné and Katy here: Shiné website