ee cummings & Mary Oliver: Un-Hibernating the Animal Body
Springtime Sensuality: an energizing old school bread-and-butter vinyasa yoga experience of springtime awakening
...because feeling IS first!! A carpe diem poem by the ur-poet of spring, ee cummings, is like the drinking song of this week’s celebration of sense experience over intellectuality. We will attend to the body's feeling-state, rather than anatomical detail or complicated sequencing, by dipping into a familiar, old-school vinyasa practice, set to springtime sense poetry by Mary Oliver.
-a 60-minute accessible 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?
*available for 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.