In my youth, my interest in preserving the natural environment led me to study biology and ecology at Brown University. I went on to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania to study an ecological approach to land use planning. I also worked at the Harvard School of Public Health, investigating the connection between patterns of land use and air pollution.
Working as a regional planner, I soon learned that attempting to regulate land use through governmental intervention was relatively ineffective.
Seeking another path, I trained as a yoga instructor and bodywork therapist. As I’ve taught yoga and provided bodywork therapy over many years, I’ve learned first-hand: as we cultivate a loving relationship with our bodies we’re all the more likely to understand and appreciate the natural environmental as the body of the world.
How will BodyEarth evolve?
I envision developing a movement experience entitled Deep Body, Deep Earth. In this context, the narrative accompanying each belly-energizing gesture will speak to the connection between our body’s center and the earth’s core. In this way, body and mind will appreciate and affirm the intimate relationship between self and world.
I also envision gathering a core group of women and men who take Deep Body, Deep Earth as an intentional practice: a pleasurable and practical way to inspire and sustain ourselves as we devote ourselves to environmental healing.