Your Body, Your Art & The Inarticulate Speech of Your Heart. Your Backbend has a Voice.

Via elephant journal
on Mar 12, 2012
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The body takes a shape because we suggest it to do so.

When we enter the landscape of our open heart, 

We yearn for a gesture that may express what is discovered.

Or perhaps, we yearn to enter the landscape

of a heart that has yet to open.

We ask the body to shift its shape and show the way. 


And because of the profundity of it’s purpose,

no backbend is created equal nor can one ever be re-created….


 …for a backbend ~like a sunset~

is the articulation of something bigger…


A Backbend Communicates The Inarticulate Speech of your Heart.



Lyrical Poetry by Body Artist, Michelle Dawson. Check Her Out at                      The Black Dirt Goddess Studio in Chester, New York.


 Polaroid Images by Robert Sturman from his Series “Poetry of the Gods.”                      Stay Connected With Sturman on Facebook —                                                                              The Modern Window into the Artist’s Studio.


Keep your eyes open for a major Henna, Art, Yoga, Dawson, Sturman, collaboration at the Black Dirt Goddess Studio in Downtown Chester, New York.

Bonus BackBends…




Yogis appearing in this post:

Jamie Horgan, Garth Hewitt, Erika Burkhalter, Paul DaSilva, Matthew Reyes, Nathalie Croix,  Newton Campbell, Ashley Albrand-Broadrick, Bebe Chianni Lin, Vytas Baskauskas, Kishan Shah, Ciela Wynter, Eka Ekong, Kourtney Kaas, Laura Abulafia Kooby, Cynthia Abulafia, Adrian Comstock, Andrew Abaria, & MacKenzie Miller.


Editor: Kate Bartolotta.


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11 Responses to “Your Body, Your Art & The Inarticulate Speech of Your Heart. Your Backbend has a Voice.”

  1. barbarapotter says:

    Beautiful Robert.

  2. Andréa Balt says:

    I feel like a stalker commenting on all your posts, I just can't help it. Quoted this all over the place: "No backbend is created equal."

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on elephant culture.

    Andréa Balt, editor elephant culture.
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    Follow elephant culture on Pinterest & @MindfulCulture on Twitter.

  3. Robert says:

    You're the coolest — I follow you too, Spaniard.

  4. Dearbhla says:

    Really gorgeous.

  5. gina says:

    o my! i hope you are all getting to know the marvelously delicious michelle dawson…..all i can say is….introduce YOGAGLO to her….they will not be disappointed….she is not only an incredible poet and dancer but a humble and auspicious teacher who understands and articulates the true nature of this practice…..

  6. Michelle says:

    G! im seeing this for the first time right now! nice comment! im blushin a little bit right now! love you and your unconditional love!

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  11. JIm Star says:

    Nicely presented, good expression as two becoming one with what God had given us to enjoy!