Deep Body, Deep Earth

Deep Body, Deep Earth is a sequence of body prayers cultivating our sense of kinship with the natural world.

The 23 moves in this 12-minute sequence — drawn from yoga, tai chi, and qigong — activate the Source Energy abiding in our body’s center. Together, they animate a narrative affirming the intimate connection between our bodysoul center and Earth’s center, between our bodies and all creation.

The narrative infuses each move with meaning. The practice ends with these two affirmations:

  • We sink down, feeling Earth respond to our deepening trust and guardianship with ever more generous support. We raise our arms, feeling sky respond to our gratitude and praise with ever more generous blessing. Our bodysoul center exchanges intelligence with Earth and sky.
  • Aligning Earth center, bodysoul center, and spirit, we invoke the consecration of our planet home.

The video below pairs the entire Deep Body, Deep Earth narration with animated cut-paper collages illustrating the sequence of gestures.

As we live more and more through our body-centered consciousness, our senses come alive to the natural world. We live into authenticity, the self-assurance that allows us immersion in nature’s reality. In this experience of connection, we feel our belonging, our reverence, our relationships of reciprocity.

Join me — a seasoned movement educator — for an eight-week online course in which I’ll teach you the Deep Body, Deep Earth practice. I’ll also offer each participant a one-to-one session for personal instruction. (Read how participants have responded to my workshops here and here.)

The course is free in exchange for two commitments:

  • Devoting 15 minutes to learning and practicing the movement sequence four or five times between the weekly classes.
  • Documenting (in words, images, or video) how the movement practice affects your experience of the natural world — and permitting me to share this documentation without restriction. One possibility we may want to consider: publishing an anthology of our experiences.

Connect with me to tell me your questions, and to receive an application for the course. I look forward to our collaboration!