Unsprung Rest: Restorative Yoga

The Poetry of Non-Doing, with Galway Kinnell, Jon Davis, and Dan Albergotti

Burning out on springtime action? Chill out with this embodied exploration of the yogic principle of santosha: contentment or enough-ness. We will move through poems by Jon Davis, Galway Kinnell, and Dan Albergotti, offering three different user-friendly strategies for non-doing. This will be a slow, gentle practice of seated and supine restorative poses held for 3-5 minutes each.

*please note: this practice uses props for support - at least blankets, pillows, and a belt of some kind, preferably a looped, long yoga strap. yoga blocks and bolsters encouraged.


-a 60-minute accessible practice guiding you through long-held poses, breath work, and visualizations that give an embodied experience of poetic language

-a music playlist lovingly chosen to capture the ambiance of rest (crafted to match the pace 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?

*please note this class will remain available for 48 hours upon registration!

Your Instructor

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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