Isn't this bizarre?
Allocated territorial circles in an open space for us to safely maintain distance.
The funny thing is...
How much this reminded me of a yoga class, just with mats instead of circles.
You may have noticed I've gone without a mat in our weekly virtual practice, and that I've shared matless offerings over several occasions in the past.
As useful as a mat can be, whether as a metaphor for entering a 'safespace' or for the practicality of working with a softer surface, it can very much limit the possibilities we see in movement. Not just directions, but the sheer size of our movements.
How can we truly embody freedom when we contain ourselves within a limited space?
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
- Vicktor Emil Frankl (Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist)
Much of this year has drastically sharpened our spatial awareness, though mostly from a lens of caution. I hope that class this weekend celebrates our heightened awareness into a way of being, seeing and moving more expansively, towards freeing our lenses towards one of exciting possibilities.
Mixed movement practices, between which we contemplate in writing, in drawing, in conversation, whichever and whenever you fancy. Make sure you bring along some pen and paper.
I vividly remember chatting with a dear friend on how the idea of 'social distancing' can be misleading, when what is meant is more 'physical distancing'. Yes we need to keep a good distance between our physical selves but that does not mean we refrain from connecting with others.
This is what I cherish from our weekly gatherings.
We may be physically apart,
yet more deeply connected than ever to each other.
Thank you for your presence, your trust and everlasting support.
I appreciate you.