Radical Acts of Embodiment is a manual and manifesto. As a primer for practitioners of yoga, it contains practical information on techniques of Katonah Yoga, a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan, incorporating Taoist theory, geometry, metaphor, and imagination. But this book is also an attempt to bridge a perceived gap between personal practices and political action. This book posits that the personal is political and the political is practical. Our bodies are not abstract, nor are they delusional. They are not broken down mechanisms to be fixed nor problems to be resolved. Our bodies are our material, and we are in a moment of an explosion of opportunity for intelligent yogic practices to proffer other guidance: to suture the wound, to bind the riven, to braid the binaries, to turn us towards deeply sensate, sensual, and sensible embodiment.
As a writer, mover, and teacher, Dages Juvelier Keates conducts queer feminist embodiment research. Deeply influenced by psychoanalytic theories, she explores bodies as accretions of unanswered questions, ephemeral archives of inter- and intra-personal memories, gestures, and other bio-imaginative acts. Her work seeks to decolonize “the body” as a site of productivity. Dages has a B.A from Bard College and MA from NYU. She has recently taught in numerous international yoga teacher trainings and participated in panels for Colgate University, New York University, Parsons/The New School, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, and Temple University.