Embodied Writing & Yoga Workshop for Teens & Adults!
ABOUT: I believe our bodies, and our bodies of words have a lot to teach one another (and that maybe they're not so separate after all!). Join me for an afternoon (or two) of
integrated movement, writing & meditation, designed to help you hear, heed, and articulate the stories your body has to tell. Each section of class will engage a particular psycho-somatic theme–first on the mat, then on the page (through personal essay, poetry, or auto-fiction). Pioneers in the embodied narrative genre, like Melissa Febos and Lidia Yuknavitch will inspire us along the way. Let's listen, let's write, let's move! Yogis and writers of all levels are welcome.
Note: This is a Body Positive, Health at Every Size space.
"Checking to Trusting" Workshop
Dates & Times
Recurs monthly on a select Sunday afternoon every month⎥2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (See schedule HERE)
$35 for single attendant
$25 if you bring a friend! ($50 for the both)
Partner Yoga & Writing Workshop
Dates & Times
Recurs monthly (See schedule HERE)
$30 for single attendant
$20 when you bring a friend! ($40 for the both)
LOCATION (for all in-person workshops): Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo, CA 94960 (Address to private residence will be shared a week prior to first meeting!)
THEMES we'll explore:
Learning to Trust our Felt Sense and call off (or at least ease up) the hunt for external validation.
Yeses and Nos: Approaching Yoga & Writing as a practice in boundary-forming, decision making, and insight.
Parts Work: An Inside Out Exploration of Shame, Fear, and all the feelings - Where does your shame live in your body? How did it get there? What's its job? How might you relieve it of this burden (even for a moment!) through compassionate movement on the mat, on the page?
Radical Self Love: If there's one thing I do, I hope I convince you that taking a loving, curious, and generous stance with ourselves is the most generous thing we could do for the world; self love is the foundation of community service.
Wild Beauties: When we consider our bodies as parts of the natural world, how might beauty show up in new, delightful ways that we haven't allowed ourselves to see or celebrate?
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I suffered from disordered eating, obsessive exercise, and sexual trauma as an adolescent and teen. Since then, I've found personal and professional purpose in understanding and mitigating this suffering in my community. From studying feminist literature (BA, MA), to teaching in the humanities for 4+ years, to growing my own publications as an embodied essayist and poet, I have claimed writing and moving as a tool in radical self healing & liberation. In 2021, I earned my certification in teaching yoga to teens and became a Be Body Positive leader through The Body Positive. I am excited to share my ever-growing awarenesses about how writing & moving can collaborate in our journey to love and live honestly inside our bodies.
The YOGA Part
Every week, we will move through a 30 minute Vinyasa-Hatha flow, focused around a weekly theme (Themes listed to the left).
Questions that inspire my somatic instruction:
What if, when we moved, we listened to our bodies as closely as we looked in the mirror?
What if, every time we chose to enter a pose, we oscillated between external tracking (What am I being told to do?) and internal scanning (What do I need? Which part of me needs this & why?)
I believe our capacity to listen to the truth in our bodies reinforces and reflects our capacity to hear and heed truths in our whole lives--in our social, academic, and creative spheres.
To support this alignment between what's going on inside, and what our bodies are being asked to do, I will offer a range of modifications for each pose.
The WRITING Part
All of my writing instruction emanates from a core belief that articulation-- be it storytelling, poetry, list-making, stream-of-consciousness scribbling--is an immensely helpful tool that can return us to the truth of our bodies, make sense of our complex selves, and free ourselves from the fictions underlying shame and fear.
Here are a few of the prompts we might venture together:
Write from the P.O.V. of a body part that you struggle to love. What does it want to share with you? What has it experienced, witnessed, wanted, feared?
A) Write a poem about a time when you felt most connected to the "animal" in you; when you felt untamed. How old were you? What animal did you imagine you were? B) When did you first receive the message that this natural version of you might not be acceptable? Tell me that story.
Recall a time when you said "yes" to something that you (or a big part of you) didn't really want. Retell that complicated experience. Let each part of you have the pen for a minute. Who said yes? Who said no? Let them share their perspectives. Then rewrite. Write the outcome that you wish you could have had; the decision you wish you could have made. Experience your "no" now, in your body, and on the page.
I believe our bodies, and our bodies of words have a lot to teach one another (and that maybe they're not so separate after all!) Let's listen, let's write, let's move!