Weekly creative flow yoga classes themed around poetry - practice at your convenience, as many times as you'd like!
Each week you'll find:
-a 60-minute yoga practice, designed to nurture body and mind
-a music 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 explored in the class, carefully selected for its seasonal relevance or a moment on the calendar
-a short reflection capturing the poem's 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? I hope you'll join us!
Katy Hawkins, PhD, serves as Director of Shiné: Mind/Body/Spirit in Philadelphia. Originally a teacher of Comp Lit, Katy taught literature in university settings before she realized she could find everything she loved most about teaching college students outside the walls of academia. This course brings together her academic teaching with her work this last decade, teaching poetry through movement.