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Rysa Interviews Kimerer LaMothe

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Kimerer LaMothe is one of those people who makes you rethink what is possible in your life. By living in a way that constantly expands her reach in every realm, and consistently stretching the limits of personal freedom, she is creating a body of work that will show how we all can live in love. Kimerer believes that the sources of our freedom and creativity, our compassion and insight, our health and well being, lie in the conscious practice of bodily movement. An early intuition about the value of movement propelled her along a serpentine path toward developing the concepts and practices to support it. She studied various forms of yoga and dance (classical, modern, Indian, Hatian) in search of techniques and patterns of movement that honor and access what our bodies can know. She delved deeply into the philosophy and theology of modern western civilization seeking to discover the roots of our cultural antipathy to bodies and dancing. She earned a masters degree in Christianity and Culture from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD. in Theology of the Modern West from Harvard University. Along the way, she kept an eye out for thinkers, artists, and spiritual teachers who do value bodily movement as a medium of religious experience and as a resource for thinking creatively about who we humans are, can be, and should be. She developed this perspective through her college courses, scholarly books, journal articles, conference presentations as well as in the choreography and performance of original dances. Now, her life on the farm, dancing and writing, surrounded by her growing children, is providing her with the opportunities and experiences she needs in order to work out her account of why movement matters.

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