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April 2021 - Soul Strength
All the narratives we have come across in class this month have shown us how we can dig deep within ourselves to find our own sources of strength and stability. When I talk about soul strength, there doesn't need to be one single conception of what that is, what it looks like, or how it manifests. Soul Strength is a continual process of discovering what sustains us, what lifts our chin and urges us on. Perhaps it is something fierce like Kamila Shamsie's Aneeka displays. But it is just as likely to be softer or more surprising, like luscious black hair or a show of independence learning it need not be synonymous with loneliness.
Medlar illustration by Johann Hermann Knoop, 1758
February 2021 - The Courage & Creativity of Life
As many of you know I have been absent this month, taking a big step back from live teaching as I get a handle on my knee injury. It has been a humbling and uncomfortable experience. Simple truths I believed about myself have been unpicked and stitching them back together has taken, and is taking, patience and perseverance. As so often happens this process has seeped into the building theme of the month's classes: we need to find the courage and the creativity to fashion life in the image that works best for us. This can and will entail deep breaths and decisions to step off the expected path, this undoubtedly requires bravery and fluidity of mind. This past month we've seen a range of examples of what it means to be courageous and creative when building a life.
The Colchis dragon, Jason, and Athena, by the Douris painter, ca 480 BCE
The Colosseum at night
December 2020 - Constancy & Change
Early in December I made a note for this newsletter, it was just one word - metamorphosis. Many of you will have heard me say when in a pose that the 'forces' need to be balanced; so as much as you might be pressing down you need to lift up, as much as you push back you reach forward. As the month progressed I realised that I needed to adjust my thoughts of metamorphosis into something more balanced. This month I have found comfort and inspiration in this oxymoronic pairing; we know that all we have is the present moment and we can also find our footing in that idea, we can rely on change to be constant.
Still from A Riddle, choreographed and performed by Estela Merlos and Thomasin Gülgeç